It's just me, popping in, as promised, with my pick for this month's For the Love of Books post. Many of you may have already heard of this book, but in honor of our expecting a baby boy, in just a few, short months, I couldn't resist sharing it here. I don't think I've ever made it through one reading without crying, but it's still one of my all-time faves. It is a book every parent should own and is written for book lovers of all ages.
Love You Forever, written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Sheila McGraw, tells the story of a baby boy growing into an ornery toddler, strong-willed adolescent, strange teenager, and finally, an independent adult. Through it all, when his mother finds him sleeping, even as she peeks through his window, with the help of a ladder, after he moves into a home of his own, she picks him up and rocks him, singing, I'll love you forever. I'll like you for always. As long as I'm living, my baby you'll be. There comes a day, however, when the mother becomes too old and sick to sing to him anymore. The roles are then reversed, and the final page promises this affectionate display of love will continue for generations to come, as the son does the same with his new, baby daughter.
If you treasure Love You Forever as much as I do, or if you're off to the library to check it out for yourself, I'd love to know what you think. Thanks so much for reading! Be blessed!