- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Firefly Books; 1 edition (Sept. 1 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0920668372
- ISBN-13: 978-0920668375
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.3 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 22.7 g
- Average Customer Review: 797 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Love You Forever Paperback – Sep 1 1995
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There are certain books about a parent's unconditional love for a child that are timeless--and this is one of them. (Baltimore's Child 2010-01-20)
One of my all-time favorites. I cry every time I read it.... [The book] is a beautiful script about parenthood, a poignant parable about life and death, a testimony to when the roles of child and parent become blurry. The story reminds you that no matter how grown up you are, you're always someone's child; that no matter how "adult" you are, you're never too old to be loved by your parents. It makes me appreciate even more how my mother still calls me and my brother (despite us being 32- and 22-years-old, respectively) by our childhood nicknames, Pussycat and Tchotchke (Yiddish for "knickknack"). Pigeonholing this as a children's book is like saying "Romeo & Juliet" is merely a cautionary tale about drug abuse. I dare anyone to read this story and not shed at least one tear by the end. It's even more poignant when you learn that Munsch wrote the book as a memorial to two still-born children he and his wife had in 1979 and 1980. (Dana Lenetz Forbes 2010-04-20)
Our No. 1 Favorite, 50 Great Children's Books (Susan Belkapp, Maggie Beidelman and Craig Reem OC Family)
The one book that has the most meaning to me. (David Maloof Boston Globe 2002-09-15)
There is a powerful, age-old resonance to the story, centered on that intangible, steadfast bond between mother and child. (Shelley Fralic National Post 2006-05-15)
No one can read this without the tears falling. (Sharon Owen Madera Tribune 2003-05-08)
The best of Munsch's many storybooks... it'll give you a new song to sing... and maybe a bit of perspective down the road. (Leanne Dohy Calgary Herald 2003-09-25)
The starting point for a first-rate library for your grandchildren... a tender ode to the life cycle of a family. (John Lownsbrough Outlook Magazine)
Sentimental story that has long been a favorite gift at baby showers. (Karen T.Bilton Bridgewater Courier News 2005-04-26)
This best-selling classic of a parent's enduring love is available in a gift edition: slipcased with a laminated box and a clothbound book. (BookPage)
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I learned that the story was written by the author after he and his wife lost a baby. Knowing that makes me even more emotional when I read this story. It is a must have. Even if you struggle to read it to your kids because of the message, it is great to read it to them because they need to hear it.
I'll love you forever
I"ll like you for always
As long as I'm living
My baby you'll be
It's a great story that shows a mother's love for her child, even when said child does drive her CRAZY at times, but it also shows how that unconditional love is passed on from generation to generation.
Now, I've read some reviews about the creepy/weird factor of this book and yeah, maybe it's more than a little odd when "Spoiler" the mum drives across town to her grown son's house, climbs through his window and rocks him (and where's his baby's mum during this time? Maybe she works nights or he's a single dad?) but it's symbolism, not reality, meant to be a bit funny and don't ALL Robert Munsch books have that sort of twisted humour lol... (Kids undressing to trade clothes in kindergarten in We Share Everything? A dad leaving his kids in the bottom of a hole in the snow until he could come back later and get them in Deep Snow?) It's meant to be an unexpected surprise that children love, more than a how-to-guide for parenting :) I loved this book as a kid and so did my classmates, but we understood it was fiction and I'm sure the next generation will too :)
I read this as a child and now read it to my 2 year old daughter. She recites the words above and it brings a tear to my eyes.
Good touching story that teaches about caring and love.
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