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Moving Story about Loving Your Child,
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This review is from: Love You Forever (Paperback)
This is a fantastic picture book that is a metaphor for the overwhelming love one feels for their child (no matter what age). For all of those readers who can only read in co-dependent, Oedipal, or Freudian themes into this book, you have missed the entire point and have hearts of stone! The fact is that the author Robert Munsch wrote this book as a tribute to his TWO still-born children and that makes this story even more moving especially if you've lost a child or had a miscarriage. The story is an expression of imagining his kids and what they would have been like and how much he would have loved them their whole lives. I found this to be a very emotional and touching story (and I am not a sentimental woman at all). My 3-year-old, rough and tumble, only-loves-the-outside-and-trucks kind of boy really likes this story and has been requesting it for bedtime almost every night. He especially enjoys the verse that is the theme of the book, "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as you're living, my baby you'll be." My son wants to hear us say that to him. And again to all those who wrote and thought that this book was "sick"; face it, you might not have liked how this book was portrayed, but you'll love your kids forever, no matter how old they'll get, and in spite of what they will do throughout the phases of their lives that might frustrate you. In fact, my husband likes this story so much that he plans to get it for his mother for Mother's Day. This is a must-have children's book!
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Initial post: Oct 31, 2011 5:17:07 PM PDT
I have three sons and I would read this to them every night and I too could not get through it without a tear falling from my eye. We too, would say, "I love you forever, I like you for always, as long as you're living, my baby you'll be," back and forth always wanting to be the last to say it. My oldest son, while taking a woman's health class in college, had to do a report on this book. He called me from college saying he couldn't believe our book was on the reading list. It brought back such fond memories, it still brings tears to my eyes. I'm buying 5 copies to give to my sons when they have children and to two special friends for their babies.
Posted on Jul 11, 2012 4:35:44 PM PDT
Oh, dammit. I'm looking for books to read to my one year old daughter and I'm currently 5 months pregnant with our second child. I cried while reading your review! I'm a mess. Still buying the book. :) I cannot imagine my life without my children. I absolutely adore them and would do anything for them. I have never known a love like this before. It's incredible.
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