by Sheila McGraw (Illustrator), Robert N. Munsch
This was one of my daughter's favorite books to have me read, and though I must have read it to her hundreds of times, I never once was able to finish it without crying. "Happy tears," I would tell her. "I'm so happy I have you."
The mother sings to her sleeping baby: "I'll love you forever / I'll love you for always / As long as I'm living / My baby you'll be." She still sings the same song when her baby has turned into a fractious 2-year-old, a slovenly 9-year-old, and then a raucous teen. So far so ordinary--but this is one persistent lady. When her son grows up and leaves home, she takes to driving across town with a ladder on the car roof, climbing through her grown son's window, and rocking the sleeping man in the same way. Then, inevitably, the day comes when she's too old and sick to hold him, and the roles are at last reversed. Each stage is illustrated by one of Sheila McGraw's comic and yet poignant pastels.
This book really shows a mothers love in a way children can understand. It may seem silly for her to climb into a grown mans bedroom but to mothers everywhere it symbolizes never ending love. We don't stop loving our children when they get to a certain age, though some teens wish we would. It is a unbroken bond, an eternal bond. Even death can not break it. Ask any mother who has lost a child. The story is simple enough for young children to enjoy. It is good for older kids too. When I have trouble dealing with my 12 yr. old, I give it to him to read. It reminds him that even though we disagree, I will love him for ever and I'll love for always and as long as I'm living my baby he will be..
suezq1013 from Brookklyn, NY, USA
Love You Forever is a pretty good book. You can understand it quite well, because it is is just telling how a boy grew up and something bad happens along the lines. This book has lots of feelings on how a family member's loss is affected. The mother always looks out, going to a room and sings to him. I recommend this book to parents that have a newborn or is getting one. I would compare this book to something good and this is better than that book. That is my review and I hope you like it. Thank You!
A 12-year old reader