A young woman holds her newborn son
And looks at him lovingly.
Softly she sings to him:
"I'll love you forever
I'll like you for always
As long as I'm living
My baby you'll be."
So begins the story that has touched the hearts of millions worldwide. Since publication in 1986, Love You Forever has sold more than 15 million copies in paperback and the regular hardcover edition (as well as hundreds of thousands of copies in Spanish and French).
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.
[Review of previous edition] No one can read this without the tears falling.
[Review of previous edition] 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.
[Review of previous edition] There are certain books about a parent's unconditional love for a child that are timeless--and this is one of them.
[Review of previous edition] The one book that has the most meaning to me.
[Review of previous edition] A humorous, sentimental page-turner that rarely -- let's say never -- leaves a reader with a dry eye.
[Review of previous edition] Sentimental story that has long been a favorite gift at baby showers.
[Review of previous edition] 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. [Review of previous edition] 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.
[Review of previous edition] 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.
[Review of previous edition] The starting point for a first-rate library for your grandchildren... a tender ode to the life cycle of a family.
#5 on Instructor's "Teachers Pick the Top 50 Kids Books Ever", chosen by 200 teachers, authors, and children's literature experts.
[Review of previous edition] My children and I enjoyed it, night after night, for years... It is a charmer. The simple story touches the heart.
[Review of previous edition] There is a powerful, age-old resonance to the story, centered on that intangible, steadfast bond between mother and child.
[Review of previous edition] 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.