Love You Forever, written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Sheila McGraw, is a heartwarming story about the enduring nature of a mother’s love for her baby boy. When she holds her newborn son, the young woman softly 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.”
Throughout the story, the young boy goes through childhood and becomes a young man. The mother and child experience the terrible-twos, messy-adolescence, and the rebellious teen years together and she repeats the same song every night while the boy sleeps. Inevitably, the day comes when the mother grows old and becomes too ill to sing the song to her grown-up son. The son decides that this is a tradition he is not going to discard.
This book should be read by everybody! No matter how old you are or how “adult” you feel, you are somebody’s baby. You can never grow out of your parents love and no matter what you do, they will “…love you forever,… like you for always.” This book is perfect for a parent-child reading pair, but has been commonly given from adult to adult. I tell you now, no adult can pick up this book without crying at least once.
Reviewed by Nicole Valkos