Love You Forever
by Robert Munsch
Publication date: September 1st 1995
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Source: Personal purchase
An extraordinarily different story by Robert Munsch is a gentle affirmation of the love a parent feels for their child–forever. Sheila McGraw’s soft and colorful pastels perfectly complement the sentiment of the book–one that will be read repeatedly for years.
I had never heard of this book before yesterday, but now it’s one of my favorite children’s book. If you haven’t read this story yet, and you have children or grandchildren, this is a book you will want on your shelf to read to them for the rest of their childhood, then pass it on for them to read to their children. This is such a beautiful and timeless story about the love a mother has for her children, and the fact that it comes full circle at the end is moving beyond words.
How did I happen to learn about this book on Mother’s Day? The young children in my church — including my own — read/sang it to us at service yesterday morning. I have never wept so much in a public place in my entire life. I thought about getting up and moving myself to the cry room, but I didn’t want to miss a single word of it. My husband, sitting off to the side behind the kids with the choir, was watching me crying uncontrollably and mouthed, “Are you pregnant?” The funny thing about that is, I thought he said, “Are you OK?” (Hey, it’s difficult to read lips through that many tears!) and I mouthed back, “Yes.” Oops. Gave him quite a scare for the remaining thirty minutes. Ha!
It’s now twenty-four hours later and I’m still moved to tears thinking about this story. I’ve already put in an order for this book at Amazon and will be stalking the mailman for the next week. I can’t wait to read this again and again to my little girls. I just need to be prepared from now on, being sure to have a large box of tissue at hand.
I really wanted to do a traditional Kids Corner Vlog for this one yesterday after church, but I was so emotionally raw that I couldn’t have made it through the recording. Perhaps I will attempt it at some point after our copy of the book arrives.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with children. It’s such a powerful way to teach them about unconditional love, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and child. I cried because my heart overflows for my own children, because of the immense amount of love I have for my mom, and I even cried because it reminded me of the love I have for my grandma and how much I miss her. This book is an all encompassing blanket of feels that all parents and children should experience together!
~About the Author~
Robert Munsch is the author of more than 25 books for children including The Paper Bag Princes and Stephanie’s Ponytail. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied to be a Jesuit priest before deciding to work with children instead. He taught in a variety of nursery schools and daycare centers while he earned an MA in Early Childhood Education. In 1975, Munsch and his wife, Ann, moved to Guelph, Ontario. The Munschs have three children: Julie, Andrew, and Tyya (see them all in Something Good!).
Robert’s Website | Amazon Profile
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