Love You Forever

Love You Forever

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by Robert N. Munsch, Sheila McGraw
     
 

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Scholastic Administrator Magazine
Selection, The Best Classroom Books of All Time (No. 5)
"I'll love you forever / I'll like you for always / As long as I'm living / My baby you'll be." Since Love You Forever was first published in 1986, millions of parents have lulled their children to sleep with these affectionate words. This picture book will widen the influence of this soothing message.
David Maloof
The one book that has the most meaning to me.
Boston Globe
OC Family - Susan Belkapp
Our No. 1 Favorite, 50 Great Children's Books
Baltimore's Child
There are certain books about a parent's unconditional love for a child that are timeless--and this is one of them.
Forbes
One of my all-time favorites... I dare anyone to read this story and not shed at least one tear.
— Dana Lenetz
Boston Globe
The one book that has the most meaning to me.

— David Maloof

National Post
There is a powerful, age-old resonance to the story, centered on that intangible, steadfast bond between mother and child.

— Shelley Fralic

Madera Tribune
No one can read this without the tears falling.

— Sharon Owen

Calgary Herald
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

Outlook Magazine
The starting point for a first-rate library for your grandchildren... a tender ode to the life cycle of a family.

— John Lownsbrough

Bridgewater Courier News
Sentimental story that has long been a favorite gift at baby showers.

— Karen T.Bilton

Bookpage
Best-selling classic of a parent's enduring love is available in a gift edition.
Globe and Mail
A humorous, sentimental page-turner that rarely -- let's say never -- leaves a reader with a dry eye.

— Gayle MacDonald

Louisville Courier-Journal
My children and I enjoyed it, night after night, for years... A charmer. The simple story touches the heart.
— Jeith L. Runyon
Instructor
#5 on Instructor's "Teachers Pick the Top 50 Kids Books Ever", chosen by 200 teachers, authors, and children's literature experts.
BookPage
Robert Munsch's beloved tale is gentle affirmation of the love a parent feels for her child -- forever. Nurtured by the unconditional love of his parent, a boy grows happily through the stages of childhood to become, in turn, a loving adult.
www.café libri
Should definitely be apart of your child's book collection.
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Should definitely be apart of your child's book collection.
community.cafelibri.com
This book is beyond emotional. I dare any mother out there, or any child with an aging parent, to read this story and not have a lump in your throat... Should definitely be apart of your child's book collection.
OC Family
Our No. 1 Favorite, 50 Great Children's Books
— Susan Belkapp, Maggie Beidelman and Craig Reem
Forbes - Dana Lenetz
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.
Boston Globe - David Maloof
The one book that has the most meaning to me.
National Post - Shelley Fralic
There is a powerful, age-old resonance to the story, centered on that intangible, steadfast bond between mother and child.
Madera Tribune - Sharon Owen
No one can read this without the tears falling.
Calgary Herald - Leanne Dohy
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.
Outlook Magazine - John Lownsbrough
The starting point for a first-rate library for your grandchildren... a tender ode to the life cycle of a family.
Bridgewater Courier News - Karen T.Bilton
Sentimental story that has long been a favorite gift at baby showers.
Globe and Mail - Gayle MacDonald
A humorous, sentimental page-turner that rarely - let's say never -- leaves a reader with a dry eye.
Louisville Courier-Journal - Jeith L. Runyon
My children and I enjoyed it, night after night, for years... It is a charmer. The simple story touches the heart.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552091098
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
09/02/2000
Edition description:
Gift
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
313,587
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Munsch is the author of more than 25 books for children including The Paper Bag Princess and Stephanie's Ponytail. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.

Sheila McGraw has illustrated six children's books, including the best-selling I Promise I'll Find You and has written children's and adult craft books Papier Mâché for Kids and Painting and Decorating Furniture.

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Love You Forever 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 564 reviews.
happyhousewife2007 More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I was too old for it when it was first published, but I remember my mother reading it to my baby sister. It's a sweet story and now that I have children I understand it more. The people who claim it is creepy obviously missed the point and I pity them for their lack of insight. It is meant to be a SYMBOLIC journey of a mother's love for her child. No matter how old your child gets or what they accomplish in life, they are always your "baby". My daughter is two now and I sometimes wish I could rock her as an infant again for just a few minutes. I'll probably have the same feeling when she is twelve, twenty, or sixty-two. This book illustrates that longing in a way that is both heartfelt and whimsical.
True-Enthusiast More than 1 year ago
My first generation immigrant husband used to love to read this to our three little girls (even though the story was admittedly a bit unconventional). As the girls grew older and on our many trips "home" visiting Greece, my mother-in-law practiced her English by listening in at story time. I noticed that as her understanding of English improved over the years, her eyes would well up every so slightly toward the end of the book. It was very clear to all of us that the story was one of enduring and unconditional love, couched in terms that any child (or adult for that matter) could understand - being rocked in the arms of the person who loves you most. When my Mother-in-law took ill in her early 80's and her plump grandmotherly figure wasted away to an almost childlike form, my husband often literally carried her into bed at night. He would then sit by her side and read "Love You Forever" as he tucked her in. Now it was his eyes welling up as she drifted off to sleep with the contented look of a someone who feels well taken care-of and a small smile of gratitude. Now that she has passed, I am keeping the book so that we can read it to our grandchildren and hope to find the same solace that both my children and their grandmother found in this wonderful story...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am as cynical at they come, but come on people. For all of you who called this story perverted or creepy, perhaps you should look past the physical image on the page and look at the symbolism of this mother-child journey. I highly doubt the author is recommending driving across town with a ladder strapped to your car, but rather loving and supporting your child no matter how far they live from you(physically or idealistically) or how much of a sacrifice you would have to make to do so. I highly doubt that any Very Hungry Caterpillar could chew through 7 apples in one day like the pictures illustrate, but I don't see anybody up in arms about that...
Novellite More than 1 year ago
I bought this book to add to my collection. Every time I read it, I cry. I know someday I will read it to my son and struggle getting through it with out tearing up. I think that makes for a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The message is love is enduring.... is wonderful read for armed services personnel to share with children before leaving them for several weeks. Reassuring. Will be re-read for years.
Luluvampiress16 More than 1 year ago
This is actually one of my most favorite books since I was a little girl. My mom introduced it to me when I was only 5 years old. Love you forever tells of how a mother's love lasts till the day she dies. I love how the illustration and story really comprehend what it means to be an infant that grows and grows till he/she is ready to leave home. No matter what, they will always love their mother, and know how they took care of them ever since day one.
tchrreader More than 1 year ago
I often give this book when I attend baby showers. This is a touching book of a mother's love. It is so sweet and a book that you can relate to no matter how old your baby is. The story of a mother who holds her son at night and chants to him. The sing song rhythm will get you to chant along and your child will enjoy chanting along too. You may need to keep tissues close when you read this book, a touching story of a mother's love. I highly recommend this story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 10 year old daughter recently read this book aloud at a Mother's Day tea at her school. I cried, mostly because of the content, but also because my baby is growing up. This book showed the pure love that a mother had for her son. It's an excellent story that I highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This never fails to make me cry whenever I read it to my children because it reminds me of how my mom must have felt about me and how I feel about my children. The author wrote this after he and his wife lost their two babies which makes this even sadder. I plan on getting copies for each of my children so when they have children someday they can read it to their children.
LeesaC More than 1 year ago
I was surprised on people who found this book creepy, weird and perverted. I own this book and read it to my youngest son all the time. I am buying a copy for my daughter-in-law who just had my first grandson. I would have to say that if you read a child's book and you're having creepy, weird or perverted thoughts maybe you should be looking at yourself, not the book. A Mother's bond with her son is amazing. I know as women get older, have boyfriends and get married women tend to get jealous of that bond. This is a beautiful story of a mothers love. And then in the end the son realizes how much he loves his mother and cannot bare to lose her. I have a great relationship with my 3 boys, and my daughter. There is nothing creepy about it.
gilden More than 1 year ago
Such a heartwarming poem! I just had to add it to my collection of classics since I read to my children so many times when they were young. It was one of their favorites and mine too!
DebsSweet More than 1 year ago
I feel extremely sorry for the person who wrote the review who doesn't understand this book. I guess she's too young. I cry every time I read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great way to reinforce love that is passed down through the generations! Awesome reminder to parent AND kid how special these relationships are (even though trying at times)! When my kids were young I read it many, many times to them - sometimes I had a hard time getting through it without choking up. Now I'm purchasing it for the next generation!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be incredibly uplifting. It makes you laugh and cry with only 14 pages. It brings to light the cycle in which we will all go through in our lives. It is a wonderful book. My mother gave me a copy for Christmas 1996. It has been a pleasure to read it for these past few years at my leisure. I wish to thank Robert Munsch for this lovely piece of work.
JezPatAnt More than 1 year ago
I really do love this book. I read it to my son every now and again and though we both think the ending is sad, we know it is a story that shows a parent's great love for their child, and how that love can go on forever. Even when I do not read it to my baby, I pull it off the bookshelf and read it to myself. Yeah, it's that good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My teacher has read it to me 15 times and it makes me cry!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I was in first grade, my teacher used to read this story to our class all the time. She would actually sing the part of the book where the mother was singing and I never forgot that song in all these years. I just read it for the first time in 15 years and cried like a baby. Wether you are a child who loves your mother, or a mother who loves your child, anyone can appreciate the meaning of this story.
Karina-Neri1 More than 1 year ago
This book is very nice, the best story I've seen of a mother to her son, but the digital edition leaves much to be desired, very small images are not able to properly distribute the image and text, plus it seems that you are reading a PDF not worth the money. Este libro es muy bonito, la mejor historia que he visto de una madre a su hijo, pero la edicion digital deja mucho que desear, las imagenes son muy pequenas no lograron distribuir adecuadamente la imagen y texto, ademas parece que estas leyendo un PDF, no vale lo que cuesta.
LomadMom More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this book when I was younger and loving it. After having children, it definitely adds extra meaning to it. LOVE IT!!!
SoccerMom78 More than 1 year ago
It is so hard to put into words the feelings and emotions a mother feels for her children. It is the most beautiful, pure, and unconditional love there is. I received this book as a gift when my son was a newborn 24 years ago. I have never been able to read it without crying. Never! For the negative review: It is not that you literally pick up a grown man in your arms and rock him. The meaning behind it is the fact that once you become a mother, you will be a mother forever. I can be 100 and my child 73 and he/she will still be my baby. When my son graduated from high school, parents had the option of paying for a page in the yearbook designated to their son/daughter specifically. On my son's page, I put a baby picture and a picture of the young man he had become. I also cited, "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living my baby you'll be." It was so perfect because both my son and daughter had that book read to them many times thru the years. They grew up knowing they would always be my babies. They knew that I didn't just love them, I fell in love with them when they were born. It is such a simple, yet so beautiful message that tenderly illustrates the love of a mother for her child. I have given this book to many new mothers and today I ordered it for my son and my daughter-in-law so they could read to their son, my grandson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this book to my youngest son on his 30th birthday. Five months later he finally got around to reading it to his young daughters. He told me recently that it made him sad and made him tear up a bit. I told him that it was not my intention to make him sad. I thought it was a sweet story about the love of a mother and the story of life. (I have to admit that my girlfriend and I both cried at the bookstore when we read it) My seven year old grand-daughter told her dad, "It's a sad story, but it's still a nice story." Wow...made me tear up again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not formatted correctly for the nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book a month ago and I can't read it to my baby because it isn't formated for a nook.I reported it and they said it would be fixed in 2 weeks tops but it has been a month now and I still can't read it. I'm not sure what else to do
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot view this book properly on my Nook or my Nook for PC. Everything is blown up really large and can see only a portion of each page and does not let me scroll. Who wants to read a story to a child like that?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My dad and I used to always read this book. It was and still is my favorite picture book! Great bedtime story.