Love You Forever

Imagine my surprise when teaching stateside, and no one knew Robert Munsch, or his classic Love You Forever. This story of unconditional love is a must have in any library. It did gain some visibility when it was featured on a Friends episode, in which Joey did a dramatic reading of it as a baby gift.  While different in style than most of his books, this one, quaintly illustrated by Sheila McGraw, goes beyond your typical corny lullaby into the adult world, where kids grow up and end up taking care of their parents.  Watch your child listen in awe–and then be thankful that for once you shared a true tale of love rather than a saccharine version.
Use this story to talk about forgiveness, unconditional love and growing up.  In language arts, discuss the use of refrains and repetition.

About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at wendybooydegraaff.com or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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3 Responses to Love You Forever

  1. What a great choice for a review. It was always sort of a given that mothers know this book until I met a couple who hadn’t. I dared them to read it to their child. This book is a great read that will always end in the reader – usually us moms – in tears with the little lullaby. I also feel that it is about the circle of life and love for us human beings.

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