Love You Forever
Since Love You Forever by Robert Munsch was published in 1986, it has sold more than 15 million copies in paperback and hardcover edition. This book is the author’s most popular book. It has been translated into many languages. Sheila McGraw, the illustrator of this book, took Robert Munsch’s words and turned them into persuasive illustrations. The illustrations summate to the story as you can see the growth of the child through changes with his appearance, his clothes, and his bedroom. You can also see the changes of the mother starting of as a young mother and ending as a very fragile old lady.
I love this book because it is a lovely story of eternal love between parents and children. It’s among the best-selling kids’ books of all time, but it contributes to too many different responses among parents. Depending on who you ask, it’s either a touching account of a mother’s unending love or the ultimate example of helicopter parenting gone bad. Although I must say it was one of my favorite books as a child and even now as a grown up, one I can read again and again.
A simple matter is repeated from the beginning until the end of the story. The book details the process of life by chronicling the experiences of a young child and his mother throughout the course of the boy’s life, and describing the agitated behavior displayed by him throughout his youth. In spite of the mother’s occasional affliction caused by her son’s conduct, the mother nevertheless goes to his bedroom nightly to hold him in her arms, and sing a lullaby assuring him she would always love him.
‘I’ll love you forever.
I’ll like you for always.
As long as I’m living
My baby you’ll be.’
After the child enters adulthood and leaves home, his elderly mother visits him from time to time and enters his bedroom during the night to sing her customary lullaby song. Nevertheless, little by little she grows old and fragile, and the son is who now visits his weak and sickly mother for the last time. He sings an altered version of his mom’s lullaby in reciprocity of the unconditional love that she had shown him; swearing always to love her as she dies before him. After returning home in a scene that involves the death of his mother, he now cradles with his newborn child and sings the lullaby his mother sung to him, leading us to believe that the cycle will continue.
With a simple rich text and illustrations, Love you Forever is a book to share. If you want a book to gift to your son or daughter when they leave the house, this would be the one. Read it to your children while they are young and try to reach the end without crying.