July 28, 2007

Love You Forever

One of my favorite children’s books is Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. It’s the story of how a little boy goes through the stages of childhood and becomes a man.

It started as a song:

"I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
as long as I'm living
my baby you'll be."

Munsch wrote the song as a tribute to his two stillborn children. One day it occurred to him to make a children’s story out of the song. The book was selling very well but not solely as a children’s book. It was being bought by parents for grandparents and by grandparents for parents. The message speaks to both children and adults of how love passes from one generation to the next.

One of my friends read this book at her mother’s memorial service. It was her way of saying goodbye and bringing closure to her mother’s death. I encourage you to get a copy of this book. You’ll read it over and over again.

1 comment:

Sandy Jennings said...

One of my most favorite books for children. I have read it to students for years. I still tear up.