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A young woman holds her newborn son
And looks at him
lovingly.

Softly she 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."

So begins the story that has
touched the hearts of millions worldwide. Since publication in l986,
Love You Forever has sold more than 15 million copies in
paperback and the regular hardcover edition (as well as hundreds of
thousands of copies in Spanish and French)


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Dec 07, 2015

You have to read this creepy little book!
Licha, thank you so much for introducing this little gem to me.
A-MAZING!

So, I gathered 3 of my kids (ages 7, 10, & 12) around last night, and told them I wanted to get their opinion on a book. (view spoiler)[Would have loved to get the 15 year old's opinion, but he was busy sleeping off the previous night's video game marathon. (hide spoiler)] You can imagine their excitement when I pulled out a baby book titled Love You Forever. The room was You have to read this creepy little book!
Licha, thank you so much for introducing this little gem to me.
A-MAZING!

So, I gathered 3 of my kids (ages 7, 10, & 12) around last night, and told them I wanted to get their opinion on a book. (view spoiler)[Would have loved to get the 15 year old's opinion, but he was busy sleeping off the previous night's video game marathon. (hide spoiler)] You can imagine their excitement when I pulled out a baby book titled Love You Forever. The room was practically buzzing with anticipation (<---not even a little bit).
The cover looks totally innocuous.
Which makes what's inside so fucking freaktastic!



So the story opens with this mom rocking her baby and singing this little song...
I'll love you forever.
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my baby you'll be.



My 7 year old girl is now snuggling in for what she thinks will be a good story. My 10 year old daughter says Awww, and cuddles in on the other side. My 12 year old son raises an eyebrow, but still tucks his feet under him, and settles in on the couch.

The next page is the kid dumping shit in the toilet, and making a general mess while his mother says, This kid is driving me CRAZY!
We could each relate to that scene in our own way.
Because children are horrible. And messy.



Dawwww.
Ok. That first bit lulled us into a false sense of security because I turned the page and...
JUMP SCARE!



Every one of my kids jolted at this picture.
The 10 year old: *scream/squeal* Oh my God! Like, what's she doing?!
Only, you have to imagine that she sounds like a Valley Girl with a southern accent. Because she does, and it makes everything she says 10x more hilarious.

This woman scuttled across the kid's floor once he was asleep, eyeballed him all weird like, then picked him up, rocked him, and sang her freaky song!
Bitch, nobody picks up an already-sleeping baby. You check to make sure they're still breathing, thank your lucky fucking stars that you have a few hours to yourself, and then quietly back the hell out of the room. What you don't do is introduce noise and motion. Ever.

Up next, the boy is 9 years old!
He's up to all sorts of 9 year old shenanigans...like not wanting to take a bath...and he's still driving his mom crazy. Like children do.
But every night, mom still crawls across his floor and looks up over the side of his bed to see if he's really asleep. And, if he is, she rocks him and sings the song.
The question of Why the fuck is she CRAWLING across his floor?! was a popular one in our house. Even my 7 year old knew that wasn't normal. My son was actually more concerned with why she felt the need to rock him without his knowing about it...



On the next page, her son has become some sort of teenage Elvis impersonator.
Because. Well, because that's what all the cool kids are doing these days.



And while he might be a rascally young lad, his mamma still crawls into his room to rock him in her arms and croon to him each night.
This picture caused yet another round of Ugh! Jeez! and What the...?! out of all of us. I mean, look at it!
LOOK. AT. IT.



Never. Never have I crawled on my belly like a soldier into my teenage son's room. And never have I attempted to pick up his massive frame and rock him on my lap. Asleep or not! First, because he's bigger than I am and he'd crush my legs. Second, I can't even imagine the upper body strength that sort of thing would require. Third, and I feel most importantly, I'm not a creeper.
Now, that's not to say I'm not affectionate. I hug him. Lots!(view spoiler)[ <--mostly against his will b/c he's a teenager. (hide spoiler)]
Just not while he's unconscious.

Well, on the next page this poor boy finally escapes.
He grows up and moves across town.



I swear, there was an audible sigh of relief from my son when we got to this page. You could see that he was actively rooting for this guy to get away from Mother Bates. My 7 year old had the scrunchy face look going on because she could tell something was not quite right with this woman, but she doesn't have enough life experience yet to pinpoint what it is. But my 10 year old really pegged it when she said, Ha! What's she gonna do...sneak across town to get him? And we all laughed!
Nervously.
Spoiler Alert!
Across Town was apparently NOT far enough away!
This crazy chick bungied a freaking ladder to the top of her car, and drove to his new place...at night.



Sweet baby Jesus, save us!

If all the lights in her son's house were out, she opened his bedroom window, crawled across the floor, and looked up over the side of his bed.

I felt dirty just reading that out loud. *shudder*

If that great big man was really asleep she picked him up and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.

Uuuuuuuugh!

And while she rocked him she sang:
I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my baby you'll be.

The kids are all coming off the couch, gesturing wildly at the picture, and just freaking the fuck out in general, at this point. This woman has crossed the line BIG TIME.
And even the 7 year old knew it.



But wait! There's more!
On the next page, the old lady is...old.
She calls her son and says:
You'd better come see me because I'm very old and sick.
About damn time, I say.
Anyway, when her son gets to her door, this lunatic starts in with her disturbing chant.
I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always... <--My son inserts a gagging sound here because she can't finish due to being too old and sick.
My children and I cackle. Loudly.

Aw, but don't worry, her son picks her up (instead of calling 911) and does his own rendition of the nightmarish song.

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



"OH MY GOD! He was awake every time she did that!"
This was my 12 year old boy. He was (understandably) freaked out that her son knew the words to this frightening little ditty since the book specifically stated that Mommy made sure he was asleep each time she crept into his room to sing it. So, not only was the mom a lunatic, but the son was evidently cool with it. <--this was particularly worrisome to him.
In his mind, no (normal) boy would find this sort of behavior endearing.
And, I gotta agree with him.
This shit might have flown up till he was 9, but beyond that? No.
And especially not a teenage boy.
Here's how that scenario would have gone down in real-life:
Mom: *tiptoe...tiptoe*
Son: Moooooom! Christ! Get out!
Mom: *slinks back out*
Son: *resumes trying to get around parental porn block on tablet*

Ok, ok. Last page! Again, you're sorta lulled into thinking that it's over because the old woman is (presumably) dead.
But, no.
The cycle continues.
Oh, yes. Because, evidently, some woman was chill with this freaky old broad randomly sneaking into her home and cuddling with her husband.
She was cool enough with it that she let this mamma's boy get her pregnant.
So, now he's gonna do this dance with his daughter.
I'll love you forever...



*slams book shut, runs screaming from room*

Alright, now in this book's defense (and all the people who love it!), it's almost certainly not meant to be taken literally. It's meant to show how long a parent's love lasts. No matter what they do, no matter how old they get, your children will always be your babies. And, I admit, it's hard to watch mine grow up and not need me as much anymore.
Will they still love me once I'm not an integral part of their everyday lives? What happens when it's not important that I sign their report cards, take them to friend's houses, and cook them dinner? What about once they're ready to move out? Will I be ready for it?!
Hell no.
But at least now I know I can threaten to strap a ladder to the top of my car and pay them a midnight visit if they don't routinely call me.
Would I ever really do that? Probably not.
Still, they owe me. And they better freakin' call.
Why, you ask?
Because this was our actual Christmas card one year.

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Apr 15, 2008

Love you forever, Stalk you for always . . . .

***Ok, in response to the haters: let me state that I do not mind one bit that many people have been touched and uplifted and LOVE this book. It just doesn't work for me. At all. And I'm allowed to have a different opinion that you.***


. . . let me say first that I understand this is an allegory about unconditional love between parent/child . . . but does this book come off a little creepy to anyone else?

1) It starts out ok . . . but about the time Love you forever, Stalk you for always . . . .

***Ok, in response to the haters: let me state that I do not mind one bit that many people have been touched and uplifted and LOVE this book. It just doesn't work for me. At all. And I'm allowed to have a different opinion that you.***


. . . let me say first that I understand this is an allegory about unconditional love between parent/child . . . but does this book come off a little creepy to anyone else?

1) It starts out ok . . . but about the time the kid gets to be a teenager I just start to feel uncomfortable. Would I be ok with my mom slipping into my teenage brothers' rooms while they're sleeping to cuddle and sing a love song? No, probably not.

2) I think it's weird there's only female figures mentioned (mom and grandma). Where's the dad? (later when the mom is sick the only pictures on her wall are of the kid, no husband or parents -- again, kinda weird) And later on in the book when the kid is grown up where is the mom to his baby - single dads are awesome but the absence of characters is chilling here.

3) This mom I seriously think has issues with letting her children go. Once a man gets married the woman in their life isn't you--it's the wife! And when children grow up and become adults and you should have an adult-to-adult relationship with them. Quit trying to cuddle them!

4) When it gets to the part of the old woman tying a ladder to her roof and driving across town with the lights off, then sneaking in the son's window to cuddle and sing the love song --- I just want to scream, " AAAGH, she's coming!! Lock the windows!! RUN!!!" creee-py!

5) Okay, just think about if this dad goes on to have the same behavior with his own daughter. The dad sneaking in on the teenage daughter to hold her, or later on when she's married he's climbing through her window to her bed????

6) I really don't think it's good writing. With children's books I like them to have rhyme and rhythm and be easy to read. I felt like I was stumbling over words.

7) Despite all this Ellie still likes the book, and I see the point it's trying to make, although I don't agree with the method. And I know I'm being too literal, but seriously if you look at this book literally it will give you nightmares!!! Just for fun read it to someone purposefully trying to be creepy - just as an experiment. Trust me, you'll agree with me after that.

Darik doesn't necessarily like it when I call the book:

Love you forever,
Stalk you for always . . .

But I do anyways :-) ...more
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Jul 06, 2013

Hey parents, do you want to read a children's book that will make you cry uncontrollably from the third page all the way to the end of the book?

Well look no further, this is the book for you.

Honestly? It's a very sweet book. But get ready to do all the crying while your little kid looks up at you, with an expression that says, "Seriously dad, what the fuck? Do you need a tissue or something?"


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Nov 12, 2007

I didn't hate this book because it was too sappy. I like sappy sometimes. Here's what I didn't like about the book.

Where do I even begin? How about the cover? The cover makes it look like it's some sort of book about potty training or something. Awful choice.

Secondly the illustrations are hideous. Simply hideous.

Now lets talk about the writing. Repetitive and long-winded. "I'll like you for always" is just a terrible phrase.

The overall general creepiness is another reason I didn't like this I didn't hate this book because it was too sappy. I like sappy sometimes. Here's what I didn't like about the book.

Where do I even begin? How about the cover? The cover makes it look like it's some sort of book about potty training or something. Awful choice.

Secondly the illustrations are hideous. Simply hideous.

Now lets talk about the writing. Repetitive and long-winded. "I'll like you for always" is just a terrible phrase.

The overall general creepiness is another reason I didn't like this book. I realize that the mother sneaking into her grown son's house via a ladder is supposed to be kind of funny (at least I hope it is), but it is still creepy and weird!

Finally the overall message of the book. The intended message I'm sure is about unconditional love, the reversal of roles, etc. etc. But here's the message I got. I love you because you're my son, but I really don't like you very much. She sees her son as a deviant. If he's not flushing her watch down the toilet at age two, he's swearing in front of his grandma at age 9. She says he drives her crazy and wants to put him in a zoo. It's when he's asleep, and only when he's asleep, that she can express her affection. Why does he have to be asleep for her to do this? Because it's the only time he's peaceful and quiet and not "driving [her] CRAZY!"

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Feb 23, 2008

Okay, I realize I'm in the minority here, and I will admit that the first time I read it I went, "Aww... she loves her baby." But then I actually thought about it, and was completely freaked out by this book. This woman USES A LADDER TO CLIMB INTO HER GROWN SON'S WINDOW, PICKS HIM UP OUT OF BED AND HOLDS HIM WHILE HE SLEEPS. Do I need to repeat the "grown man" part? We've got breaking-and-entering here, along with the fact that we never once see this woman tell her son she loves him while he is, Okay, I realize I'm in the minority here, and I will admit that the first time I read it I went, "Aww... she loves her baby." But then I actually thought about it, and was completely freaked out by this book. This woman USES A LADDER TO CLIMB INTO HER GROWN SON'S WINDOW, PICKS HIM UP OUT OF BED AND HOLDS HIM WHILE HE SLEEPS. Do I need to repeat the "grown man" part? We've got breaking-and-entering here, along with the fact that we never once see this woman tell her son she loves him while he is, oh, I don't know, AWAKE. There's something she might try.

I realize I'm probably reading far too much into a little Robert Munsch rhyming ditty, but it has become so revered by the masses that I feel the need to speak my piece. I'm done now. ...more
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Feb 22, 2016

Obviously enough, I'm in the minority here, but this children's book is weird, creepy, disturbing and will probably give me more nightmares than any Stephen King novel ever did.

"Love You Forever" is, as the title indicates, about a mother who loves her sweet little baby boy forever, until her baby has grown into an adult and she into an old woman. I'm perfectly fine with the message that mothers (respectively parents in general) will always love their children and will (in most cases - sadly Obviously enough, I'm in the minority here, but this children's book is weird, creepy, disturbing and will probably give me more nightmares than any Stephen King novel ever did.

"Love You Forever" is, as the title indicates, about a mother who loves her sweet little baby boy forever, until her baby has grown into an adult and she into an old woman. I'm perfectly fine with the message that mothers (respectively parents in general) will always love their children and will (in most cases - sadly enough, there are always exceptions) do everything for them to be comfortable. But Robert Munsch simply overexaggerated while portraying this message, and finally made me see a totally different message in this book: That a mother's love justifies stalking her children and entering into their lives in one of the creepiest and most disturbing ways - by climbing a ladder to her son's bedroom, entering the house and picking her son up to rock him back and forth while he's sleeping.

I'm sorry, but this is so weird, I can't even find it funny anymore. Yes, the book is meant to be understood metaphorically, the book is supposed to be somehow funny and cute and oh-so-sweet (although I only furled my eyebrows in confusion rather than actually laughing). In the beginning, the book was still interesting; everyone can relate to the way children can bring chaos into everything. But then the mother began to enter her son's room at night. Is it okay to go into your two-year-old son's bedroom while he's sleeping with the intention of admiring him and admitting that you will love him forever? Yes, it is. I am totally fine with that. Doing so with a nine-year-old son begins to show signs of creepiness, but it's still acceptable.
It isn't acceptable if your son is thirty and has moved on with his own life. You can't just break into his house to admire him, indifferent from how lonely you might feel. (And yes, I understand that this book is not supposed to be taken seriously, and it's not even realistically possible for an old woman to be able to pick up her full-grown son while he's sleeping, but this book pretends it is, so I will too.) There are thousands of better ways to incorporate a message about a mother's love into a book. I wouldn't even consider this one to be a children's book ... calling it a horror novel would perhaps be more appropriate.

If you want to read a fantastic children's book, then please skip this and read The Velveteen Rabbit instead, which is an absolutely wonderful story. Or if you want to read two more reviews of "Love You Forever" which I really enjoyed and can whole-heartedly recommend reading, then read this Anne's review or the other Anne's. ...more
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May 25, 2018

I chose to read this book with what it was trying to get across and not literally. It is a weird book to take literally, which could be weird for a child reading it that takes things literally. It might scare the crap out of them. If you take the story as how irritating children are and you love them anyway, no matter what, then it is a great book.

It is weird to see the mother sneak into the kids room at age 9 and rock him, and I think it is supposed to be about the love you have for them.

I I chose to read this book with what it was trying to get across and not literally. It is a weird book to take literally, which could be weird for a child reading it that takes things literally. It might scare the crap out of them. If you take the story as how irritating children are and you love them anyway, no matter what, then it is a great book.

It is weird to see the mother sneak into the kids room at age 9 and rock him, and I think it is supposed to be about the love you have for them.

I didn't think the art was all that great either. I did read this to the kids and it didn't seem to bother them too much. It didn't scare them and it didn't really affect them either. I think it's actually more a book for parents. ...more
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Oct 21, 2018

Edit: the moral of the story here is that growing up is necessary, endearing, and also bittersweet. You see a little boy grow up and the process repeated. Its one of the more serious childrens books I have ever read. Its something that is both good and a little depressing to think about.

Second time I have written this review.
Also, I think it says something about the toilet. We are going to inevitably to spend a lot of time there.
Circle of life.
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Ok. There was a review here with Edit: the moral of the story here is that growing up is necessary, endearing, and also bittersweet. You see a little boy grow up and the process repeated. It’s one of the more serious children’s books I have ever read. It’s something that is both good and a little depressing to think about.

Second time I have written this review.
Also, I think it says something about the toilet. We are going to inevitably to spend a lot of time there.
Circle of life.
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Ok. There was a review here with dates. Alas POOF!
So under renovation. :) apologies. ...more
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Feb 21, 2016

I'm not feeling the love, but I definitely am feeling the creeps.
I get the point - unconditional and everlasting love, hence the three stars. But that's just not how you do it man. I like what the book is saying, I just don't like how it's saying it. Maybe, just maybe, I would've appreciated this story more as a kid, when I saw the world through innocent and unspotted eyes, but now I know such words like STALKER, PEEPING TOM, OBSESSIVE CREEP, LOONEY. Nooooooo. I just can't overlook how I'm not feeling the love, but I definitely am feeling the creeps.
I get the point - unconditional and everlasting love, hence the three stars. But that's just not how you do it man. I like what the book is saying, I just don't like how it's saying it. Maybe, just maybe, I would've appreciated this story more as a kid, when I saw the world through innocent and unspotted eyes, but now I know such words like STALKER, PEEPING TOM, OBSESSIVE CREEP, LOONEY. Nooooooo. I just can't overlook how disturbing this is. I really couldn't enjoy this book. How do I fall asleep now? I just wanted something sweet **sniffs** This is definitely better than Edward Cullen's night watch sessions.


Or maybe not. Maybe a lover watching his love sleep is better? But still, mothers creeping across floors and through windows at night, rocking and singing love songs to teenage boys and grown men. In their sleep. Someone needs a lesson on privacy. There's nothing I hate more than an unwelcome and unpermitted invasion of privacy and simply put, STALKING. And the grown man takes this habit up and suddenly I can foresee it becoming something of a legacy. I love my father, I really do(and besides, even my father would agree with me completely. I don't know about anyone else, but I love when I'm awake and my father says "I love you" because AWAKE, like I can hear it, feel it and appreciate it and say it back). But this...just NO. Like bloody hell!



You want to rock and sing to me? Wait till I am conscious. ...more
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Jun 12, 2007

I just love this book. It is a bit on the "unusual" side, but that is just Munsch for ya. I first read this my Freshman year of college. I cried then and I cry when I read it to my girls. It's the intergenerational, unconditional love of mother/son and then father/daughter that I feel a strong connection with. The mother's corniness just adds to the tenderness of the book. I am touched by the mother's love for her son, the son's love for his mom, and then the son's love to his daughter...a I just love this book. It is a bit on the "unusual" side, but that is just Munsch for ya. I first read this my Freshman year of college. I cried then and I cry when I read it to my girls. It's the intergenerational, unconditional love of mother/son and then father/daughter that I feel a strong connection with. The mother's corniness just adds to the tenderness of the book. I am touched by the mother's love for her son, the son's love for his mom, and then the son's love to his daughter...a breathless tradition passed from one generation to the next. So simple, so beautiful, so profound!!! I was so inspired I made up a tune for the words to "the song" for my girls. My dad used to sing me a Spanish lullaby when I was a little girl that I sing to my girls and I hope that they will sing to their family. Alright...where is my kleenex...Goodness! :-) ...more
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Jun 21, 2008

I love this book..............
My earliest memory of this book is my mom reading this aloud to my two year old self, and crying as she finished the last few pages. Now im the one who starts crying whenever i pull the book out and stare at the waterworn pages.
Anyone who's read this book knows the words that the mother is constantly saying to her son as he's sleeping-
I love you forever
I'll like you for always
As long as I'm living
My baby you'll be.
My mom made a tune for those words, and I cant I love this book..............
My earliest memory of this book is my mom reading this aloud to my two year old self, and crying as she finished the last few pages. Now im the one who starts crying whenever i pull the book out and stare at the waterworn pages.
Anyone who's read this book knows the words that the mother is constantly saying to her son as he's sleeping-
I love you forever
I'll like you for always
As long as I'm living
My baby you'll be.
My mom made a tune for those words, and I cant imagine those words without the song. It was my little lullaby when i was younger.

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Jul 09, 2007

This is the only children's book I've ever read that stuck me as more depressing than "The Giving Tree". My mother gave me a copy just before my son was born. I read it once and promptly lost to book. I don't think I could EVER read it to my son. It's so.... well.. sorta twisted. Yes it's about love, but it seems so unrealistic, and morbid. I know one day my son will grow up and leave, and I'll get old and die, but I'd rather not dwell on the subject.

As a child I found books on this subject This is the only children's book I've ever read that stuck me as more depressing than "The Giving Tree". My mother gave me a copy just before my son was born. I read it once and promptly lost to book. I don't think I could EVER read it to my son. It's so.... well.. sorta twisted. Yes it's about love, but it seems so unrealistic, and morbid. I know one day my son will grow up and leave, and I'll get old and die, but I'd rather not dwell on the subject.

As a child I found books on this subject very distressing. I didn't want to THINK about leaving my parents and my home. It upset me because then I wasn't ready. When the time to move out actually came (and I hit it young, at 15), I experienced a couple of weeks of intense home sickness, and the promptly go over it. The actual leaving wasn't nearly as bad as the horrible imaginings I'd had as a small child. To me, books like this make kids focus on the losses of the future, instead of the gains.

Yes, the mother is saying "she'll love him forever", but what child with reasonably attentive parents doesn't already know that? The fact that the book shows it as something of a anomoly makes the child (or at least ME as a child) think there is something REAL to fear in seperation. Anyway, I know this is a long diatribe about a very short, silly, cute, cuddly children's book, but...

That's how powrefully upset the book made me. ...more
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Sep 07, 2019

Love You Forever, Robert Munsch
Love You Forever is a Canadian picture book written by Robert Munsch and published in 1986. It tells the story of the evolving relationship between a boy and his mother. The story details the cycle of life by chronicling the experiences of a young son and his mother throughout the course of the boy's life, and describing the exasperating behavior exhibited by him throughout his youth. In spite of her occasional aggravation caused by her son's behavior, the mother Love You Forever, ‬Robert Munsch
Love You Forever is a Canadian picture book written by Robert Munsch and published in 1986. It tells the story of the evolving relationship between a boy and his mother. The story details the cycle of life by chronicling the experiences of a young son and his mother throughout the course of the boy's life, and describing the exasperating behavior exhibited by him throughout his youth. In spite of her occasional aggravation caused by her son's behavior, the mother nonetheless visits his bedroom nightly to cradle him in her arms, and sing a brief lullaby promising to always love him. After her son enters adulthood and leaves home, his elderly mother occasionally sneaks into his bedroom at night to croon her customary lullaby. However she gradually grows old and frail, and her grown son visits his feeble, sickly mother for the final time. At first when he arrived, his mother tried to sing her lullaby to him, but she couldn't finish. He sings an altered rendition of her lullaby in reciprocation of the unconditional love that she had shown him; vowing to always love her as she dies before him. After returning home in a scene implying the death of his mother, he cradles his newborn daughter and sings his mother's signature lullaby for her, implying that the cycle will continue.

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عنوان: دوس‍ت‍ت‌ دارم‌ ب‍رای‌ ه‍م‍ی‍ش‍ه‌؛ نویسنده: راب‍رت‌ م‍ان‍ش‌‏‫؛ مترجم: ع‍ل‍ی‍رض‍ا طب‍اطب‍ائ‍ی‌؛ ت‍ه‍ران‌ : ن‍ش‍ر آب‍ی‌‏‫، 1383؛ در 17 و 35 ص؛ شابک: 9645709695؛ موضوع: عشق مادرانه - داستان‌های کودکان از نویسندگان کانادایی -‏‫ سده ی 20 م
عنوان: همیشه دوستت دارم؛ نویسنده: راب‍رت‌ م‍ان‍ش‌؛ مترجم: سپهر رجایی؛ ویرایش: نسرین ابراهیمی‌ لویه؛ تصویرگر: لیدا طاهری؛ ت‍ه‍ران‌: شهرتاش‏‫، 1387؛ در 9 ص، مصور؛ شابک: 9789648282191؛ چاپ دوم 1394؛ در 1 و 22 ص، مصور رنگی؛
عنوان: تا هستم و هست دارمش دوست؛ نویسنده: رابرت مانش؛ تصویرسازی شیلا مک گرا؛ مترجم: اکرم پدرام نیا؛ تهران: نگارینه، 1388؛ در 32 ص؛ شابک: 9789642300082؛ گروه سنی: ب،ج؛
عنوان: تا ابد دوستت دارم؛ نویسنده: رابرت مانش؛ مترجم: نفیسه معتکف؛ تهران: انتشارات هو، ‏‫‏1390؛ در 32 ص، مصور؛ شابک: 9786005512496؛
عنوان: عاشقتم همیشه؛ نویسنده: رابرت مونش؛ تصویرگر: شیلا مک‌گرا؛ مترجم: مهناز باقری؛ تهران: امیرکبیر، کتاب‌های شکوفه‏‫، ‏‫1390؛ در 32 ص، مصور؛ شابک: 9789643005443؛ گروه سنی: ج، د.؛
عنوان: دوستدار تو تا ابد؛ نویسنده: رابرت مانش ؛ تصویرگر: شیلا مک گرو؛ مترجم: گیتی قربانیان نژاد؛ مشهد: آیین تربیت، ‏‫1391؛ ‬ در 36 ص؛ شابک: 9789644282959؛
عنوان: برای همیشه دوستت دارم؛ نویسنده: رابرت مانش؛ مترجمها: افسانه اصفهانی، مهناز صلاحی؛ ویراستار: مهناز صلاحی؛ تهران: نشر تی‌آرا، ‏‫1394؛ در 20 ص؛ مصور؛ شابک: 9786007910474؛‬

آواز عاشقانه‌ ی مادر جوانی ست که پسر تازه به دنیا آمده‌ ی خویش را در آغوش می‌گیرد، و آهسته برایش زمزمه می‌کند: «همواره عاشقت هستم همیشه دوستت دارم تا وقتی زنده‌ ام تو هستی کودکم». داستان همان پسر است که زیر چتر عاطفه‌ ی مادرانه، مراحل کودکی تا بزرگی را می‌گذراند، و این عشق طبیعی و ذاتی مادر، هماره با اوست، و به نسل‌های دیگر می‌رسد. نوشته ی پشت جلد عاشقتم همیشه: من زمینم تو هستی؛ درخت و باغ و بیشه؛ تا وقتی زنده هستم؛ عاشقتم همیشه. پایان نقل. ا. شربیانی ...more
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Aug 08, 2007

It reassures me to see so many people find this book as creepy and loathsome as I do. I know the lesson we're supposed to learn is that we never stop being the apples of our parents' eyes, but all I ever got out of it was that if you feel at all smothered by your parents, you better get used to it, because it will never end. Also, moms are inherently stalkery. And while I hope that wasn't the authorial intention here, I can't shake the feeling that maybe it really was.
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Feb 15, 2020

I just LOVE this book too much. Even when I reread it I think "This time I will not tear up!" I do and my voice cracks. It perfectly describes a mother's journey with her kids and no matter what they are loved even if they make you feel Loony Tunes. And their commitment to you at your old age. (Fingers crossed!)
5

Dec 27, 2016

I cannot read this book to my kids without doing the 'ugly cry,' which, naturally, creeps them out... every single time.
5

Dec 30, 2014

This was such a sweet book!

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

A mother repeats this phrase to her son at night, continuing this as he grows up. Parents of even older children can relate. No matter how old they get, they are still yours and you love them.
This books shows that through good times and bad and has such a sweet, tender ending that should touch everyone's heart.


There is one part that is a bit disturbing with the mom even sneaking This was such a sweet book!

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

A mother repeats this phrase to her son at night, continuing this as he grows up. Parents of even older children can relate. No matter how old they get, they are still yours and you love them.
This books shows that through good times and bad and has such a sweet, tender ending that should touch everyone's heart.


There is one part that is a bit disturbing with the mom even sneaking into the "boy's" home when he is an adult to continue so sooth him in his sleep. While the literal sense of this is....unusual to say the least, the concept the book holds is very true. For me to this day, my mother still calls me her "Munchkin" and has admitted that even having kids of my own I will still be her little girl. No matter what I do or go through she loves me. And that is the message I love about this book.

When I first saw this I half wondered what it was about and hoped it was not about toilet training. Lucky for me I it wasn't. This book is a treasure and a perfect book to read before bed. and the quote about is utterly endearing. Try it with your own child! ...more
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Feb 26, 2011

I continue to struggle with why so many people love this book with a fervor. Okay, it is nice that the son rocks the mother at the end. And yes, I'm sure that I will always have the feelings that my son is still my little boy who I will want to rock forever. And sure, I understand that the story is supposed to be metaphorical.

However, does the mother not understand boundaries? Clearly her son does not want to be rocked as an adolescent and young man and she has to crawl across the floor like a I continue to struggle with why so many people love this book with a fervor. Okay, it is nice that the son rocks the mother at the end. And yes, I'm sure that I will always have the feelings that my son is still my little boy who I will want to rock forever. And sure, I understand that the story is supposed to be metaphorical.

However, does the mother not understand boundaries? Clearly her son does not want to be rocked as an adolescent and young man and she has to crawl across the floor like a stalker in the night and sneak into his bed while he is asleep to rock him. Her son finally escapes this woman and her unhealthy clingy ways,and moves into his own house. He obviously did not give his mother a key to his house or she would not have had to drive across town in the dark of night with a ladder strapped to the top of her car. (She is one strong, dexterous and determined old lady!) She risks a broken hip to climb in through his window to rock him?! I also suspect that she's slipping him some sort of sleeping medication at night; how else could he sleep through her attempts to hoist his large body into her frail arms?

Also, what is wrong with this relationship that the mother can only acknowledge her love for her son when he is asleep? When he is awake she refers to him as "it" and references his bad and "strange" behavior and repeatedly says, "This kid is driving me crazy!" It's only when he is comatose (see earlier drugging reference) that she can show her love and affection. So in his waking life, her son only experiences his mother's disdain, not the love that she feels when night falls. Family therapy?

Come on people, wake up! This book is an example of a horribly disturbed and dysfunctional parent/child relationship!

Don't even get me started on gender stereotypes and how that Giving Tree just gives and gives and never gets anything in return until the boy is a crumpled old man who can't even move! And she should be grateful? ...more
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Feb 26, 2008

One star is too high for this book! I would have given it negative stars if possible. This is a story of a dysfunctional woman who only tells her child she loves him while he's asleep. He perpetuates the cycle with his daughter. The image of this old mother sneaking into her son's bedroom at night is just too weird, and the thoughts it presages of this man creeping into his teen daughter's bedroom someday are even worse! There are too many wonderful picture books celebrating familial love to One star is too high for this book! I would have given it negative stars if possible. This is a story of a dysfunctional woman who only tells her child she loves him while he's asleep. He perpetuates the cycle with his daughter. The image of this old mother sneaking into her son's bedroom at night is just too weird, and the thoughts it presages of this man creeping into his teen daughter's bedroom someday are even worse! There are too many wonderful picture books celebrating familial love to waste time on this creepy distortion! ...more
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Dec 21, 2017

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

A lovely picture book sure to help you think back with some melancholy to the times your children (if you have them, of course) were little. Also a book I like to give as present to new parents. It seems to help them cope (at least momentarily) with some of the exasperating behavior of their little ones.

This is one of those rare books that manages to leave you sad but happy, all at the same time. A little I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living,
my baby you'll be.

A lovely picture book sure to help you think back with some melancholy to the times your children (if you have them, of course) were little. Also a book I like to give as present to new parents. It seems to help them cope (at least momentarily) with some of the exasperating behavior of their little ones.

This is one of those rare books that manages to leave you sad but happy, all at the same time. A little ode to the unconditional love between parents and children. ...more
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Feb 25, 2012

This book sky rocketed to popularity in the mid-eighties while I was working at B. Dalton Bookseller.
Oh, so many women came to the register clutching the title, weeping into their sodden tissues. I didn't get it then, and I don't get it now.

I'm glad to see several one-star reviews of this title. I thought maybe there was something wrong with me that I could not see the "beauty" in telling a child, "Someday Mommy will be old, and you will have to take care of me . . . JUST LIKE A BABY!!!"

This book sky rocketed to popularity in the mid-eighties while I was working at B. Dalton Bookseller.
Oh, so many women came to the register clutching the title, weeping into their sodden tissues. I didn't get it then, and I don't get it now.

I'm glad to see several one-star reviews of this title. I thought maybe there was something wrong with me that I could not see the "beauty" in telling a child, "Someday Mommy will be old, and you will have to take care of me . . . JUST LIKE A BABY!!!"

*Shudder!* ...more
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Sep 06, 2007

This is by far my absolute favorite book to read to or with my children. The first time, I could barely get through it, I cried so hard!
I still get misty eyed everytime I read it. Especially when the grown son carries his mother upstairs and rocks her to sleep.
I have to turn back to the page where grandma takes off in the station wagon, with the ladder hanging over the roof of the vehicle, whilst racing to her sons' house.
That helps soothe the waterworks.

Make a mental note to watch how the cat This is by far my absolute favorite book to read to or with my children. The first time, I could barely get through it, I cried so hard!
I still get misty eyed everytime I read it. Especially when the grown son carries his mother upstairs and rocks her to sleep.
I have to turn back to the page where grandma takes off in the station wagon, with the ladder hanging over the roof of the vehicle, whilst racing to her sons' house.
That helps soothe the waterworks.

Make a mental note to watch how the cat ages along with the growing child, too.

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Jun 06, 2011

I really liked this book when I was a teenager reading it to a room full of 2-year-olds (I worked at a daycare when I was in HS). The kids really liked it, and when you discover something that causes a room full of toddlers to sit still for more then a minute you embrace it. Admittedly, as a teen, there were times when I would get a little choked up reading Love You Forever--teenage me was a bit of a sap.

Now this book just weirds me out. Remember: I'm a mother of three.

On the surface this is a I really liked this book when I was a teenager reading it to a room full of 2-year-olds (I worked at a daycare when I was in HS). The kids really liked it, and when you discover something that causes a room full of toddlers to sit still for more then a minute you embrace it. Admittedly, as a teen, there were times when I would get a little choked up reading Love You Forever--teenage me was a bit of a sap.

Now this book just weirds me out. Remember: I'm a mother of three.

On the surface this is a cute, sentimental, sob-inducing children's book. But when you look deeper--I know it's a kids book, but still, work with me here--you find a semi-creepy relationship between mother and son. Don't get me wrong, I completely relate to what the young mother is going through--kids kinda suck when they're little, which is why God made them cute. There are nights when my husband and I gaze at our sleeping angels and smile. With relief--because the adorable little monsters, whom we love very much, are finally asleep. Sleeping kids are great. They look so innocent and sweet, not likely to play in toilets, draw on walls, ask 'why?' every time you tell them something, throw a fit every night at the dinner table. And so on.

I can see why a mother would take a sleeping little angel in her arms and tell him that she "loves (him) forever, she loves (him) for always. As long as (she's) living, (her) baby (he'll) be." There are times when I'm tempted to do the same, really. There is a chance I have done that, just so you know. But at some point boundaries need to be put in place. Plus, this poor mother has literally NOTHING ELSE going on in her life. Look at the pictures on her walls after the boy grows up and moves away. They are all of the boy. No friends, no family. No relationships with anyone else. Just the boy--That's it. Kinda sad, don't you think?

Plus, when you get married, you let go of your parents. And in return, your parents cut the apron strings. Sure they totally still love you but, like I said earlier: boundaries! So, while the idea of the aging mom driving across town and sneaking into her married son's house in order to cuddle with him, is sort of a cute one, it's also really creepy--Again, I totally know this is a kids book, but still.

My point is: this woman needs a friggin' hobby, stat. Her life shouldn't revolve so entirely around her child. That's just unhealthy for both the mother and the child. Plus, I'd love to know what her son's wife has say about the whole situation. Maybe the mother could start playing canasta with the neighborhood Olds, or join a book club. Also, it wouldn't hurt if she formed other relationships, maybe get a boyfriend or something. Just sayin'.

...more
5

Jan 31, 2017

ONE OF MY FAVORITE ROBERT MUNSCH OF ALL TIME!

I read this book way before I had kids. I was a student teacher in my first job and I had never read it before. I can't tell you what a rookie mistake that was!!
Oh boy did I cry!
I had to leave the room to compose myself.

That poem and those words will forever play in my mind:
"I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
as long as I'm living,
my baby you'll be!"

Just thinking about it and I'm getting emotional.
This story came out of left field ONE OF MY FAVORITE ROBERT MUNSCH OF ALL TIME!

I read this book way before I had kids. I was a student teacher in my first job and I had never read it before. I can't tell you what a rookie mistake that was!!
Oh boy did I cry!
I had to leave the room to compose myself.

That poem and those words will forever play in my mind:
"I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
as long as I'm living,
my baby you'll be!"

Just thinking about it and I'm getting emotional.
This story came out of left field for me, who was accustomed to reading the lighter side of MUNSCH.

My recommendation is to read it first to yourself before you read it as a bedtime story for your kids.

Even now my youngest daughter Désirée, cries with me when I read it.
This story KNOCKED THE WIND OUT OF MY SAILS! ...more
5

Jan 31, 2017

Mother's love is always the purest kind. I'm glad to have read this poem on my mother's birthday!



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