Love You Forever Book by Robert Munsch

Love You Forever

Love You Forever is a short children’s book written by Robert Munsch, an American-born Canadianauthor, and published in 1986. It tells a touching story or the evolving mother-child relationship. Love You Foreverwas listed fourth on the 2001 Publishers Weekuch about the circle of life, youth, parenting, and our responsibility for our parents as we grow oldely All-Time Bestselling Children’s Books list . “I have yet to read this book through without crying. It says so mr. The message is so simple yet so profound. Love You Forever book is a great gift for anyone with a child, or even for your own parents.” Maria Shriver

Love You Forever  Storyline

At the beginning of the story a baby boy is born, and he  continues to grow until he is a mature man. Throughout the story, the mother of the boy  rocks her son to sleep singing the same special song: ”I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.” At the end of the book, when the mother becomes old and sick, the  roles are reversed and the son holds and rocks his elderly mother as he sings to her: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my Mommy you’ll be.”  When he comes home, the son picks up his own newly born baby daughter and sings to her his mother’s song.

Love You Forever Popularity

Love You Forever has touched the hearts of millions of people worldwide, young and old alike. Since its initial publication in l986, Love You Forever book has sold over15 million copies in paperback and the  hardcover edition. The book has been translated into many languages, including Spanish and French. Here is an link if you wish to get your own copy of this great book:

If you just want to read the story online, here is a link to the complete text: This is a lovely video version of Love You Forever book, available on youtube:

About the Author

Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of nine children . Although not a scholar, he always loved to write poetry. When Munsch was attending college, he began to work at an orphanage and discovered that he loved working with children. While working in the daycare industry later on, Munsch discovered that he could keep the children calm by telling them stories. He  continued telling stories for ten years, not recognizing this as a special talent, and never bothering to write any of them down. Only after he lost his job and needed an income, did Robert start to turn his story telling into a profession. After being heard by a children’s librarian, Robert Munsch was encouraged to write down his work and show it to a publisher.

 Munsch’s first attempt at writing resulted in 10 stories that were rejected by nine different publishers, but one agreed to take his story called “Mud Puddle.” Later, Munsch moved to Canada in search of work , became a Canadian citizen and began to publish his works in Canada. Eventually he became Canada’s best selling author, but had not achieved recognition in the United States until the publication of  Love You Forever.

Love You Forever Book

The book Love You Forever was originally written as a song, alledgedly dedicated to the memory of  two stillborn babies that Munsch and his wife had in the years 1979  and 1980. Since his original publisher didn’t like the book, Munsch changed publishers. In 1987, the  book sold 30,000 copies ,in 1987, over 70,000 copies and over 1,000,000 copies in 1988.  In 1994 Love You Forever was at the top of the New York Time  bestselling children’s  list with 8,000,000 copies sold.

The Message of the Story

The popularity of the book testifies to the fact that it contains a universal message that speaks to the hearts of parents as well as children all over the world. It is a message of unconditional love and acceptance. No matter how “crazy” the child drives his mother, at the end of the day she still picks him up and sings him her loving song. What makes the story particularly poignant is the role reversal at the end. When the child sings his version of the song to his elderly declining mother, we see that he internalized her message of unconditional love; which he then, in tun, passes on to his own daughter. The beauty of the book is enhanced by the poetic rhythm of the repetitions, reinforcing the message that mother’s love is constant and unchanging, always.  This timeless message is appropriate for all ages, and can be shared by parents and children of all ages. It is a tribute to the basis of human existence – the emotional stability born of realization that one is valued simply for who he is, and not for some external attributes.
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