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Love You Forever Book by Robert Munsch

Updated on June 13, 2012

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

I love you Mom!

When I think of my own mother I cannot help but think of the book by Robert Munsch called, "Love You Forever." My mother has always told me, "that I would never understand what it was like to be a mother until I was a mother myself." I think she is right.

When my grandmother became old and needed to be taken care of, my mother and father were there for her. They took her into their own home and cared for her as long as they were physically able to. It was a hard thing for my mother to see her own mother become the one who required care instead of being the care giver that she always was. This cycle of life is one that requires growth for everyone involved. This was our Heavenly Father's plan, showing his tender mercies in all areas of life.

When my grandmother passed away, my mother spoke at her funeral services, and read this book, "Love You Forever" to the crowd that attended. The story tells of the stages of life that both a child and a mother encounter, and how the love of a parent crosses over generations of time, even until eternity.

I hope you enjoy the book as much as I do.

Love You Forever

Robert Munsch

A gifted storyteller, finding his way was a difficult journey.

Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of nine children in his family. Although he was not really good in school, he loved to write poetry. In high school he decided to be a Catholic Priest, so for the 7 years following high school he studied to be a Jesuit priest.

While he was studying for the priesthood he also attended college and received a Master's degree in Anthropology. At the same time he was attending college, he worked part-time at an orphanage and discovered he loved working with children. Leaving the ministry, he went back to school for a year at the Elliot Pearson School of Child Studies at Tufts University in Massachusetts to become a teacher. Robert made up his first story while he was on a student teaching assignment, called "Mortimer." This story took 12 years to become a book.

While working in the daycare industry he discovered he could make the children be quiet during nap time by telling them stories. For 10 years he told stories, not recognizing this as a special gift, he never bothered to even write them down. Not until he lost his job because of funding did Robert find his way to being heard by a children's librarian, telling his story during story hour, and was given the encouragement to publish.

Canadian Best Selling Author Makes It Big In The United States.

His first attempt at writing involved 10 stories that he sent to 10 different publishers, nine rejected him but one said "Yes" to his story called "Mud Puddle." Having moved to Canada in search of work when he was first unemployed, he became a Canadian citizen and published in Canada. He soon became Canada's best selling author, but not until he published the book "Love You Forever" did he also receive the same standing in the United States.

The book "Love You Forever" was originally written as a song, memorializing two stillborn babies that Munsch and his wife had in 1979, and 1980. His original publisher did not want to see it made into a book so Munsch changed publishers. The book sold 30,000 copies in 1986, 70,000 copies in 1987, and 1,000,000 copies in 1988. Then in 1994, the New York Time updated their list of bestselling children's book, which hadn't been updated since 1978, and they found "Love You Forever" at the top of the list with 8,000,000 copies sold.

Since that time Robert Munsch has written and published 42 books, the latest being "Smelly Sox."

Studying this man I have come to find him endearing, but my favorite story about him must be told in his own words:

"In 1999 I stayed with a family in Sidney, British Columbia. They live out in the middle of the coastal rain forest and the kids happily dragged me through several kilometres of forest and swamp, which they felt was their back yard. Their real back yard was fenced and had 4 large dogs whose job was to eat any mountain lions who happened to jump the fence. We saw no mountain lions on our walk, and I don¹t know if any mountain lions saw us. The whole purpose of the expedition was to climb "Mt. Everest" . "Mt. Everest" turned out to be a small rock knob. When we climbed it, there in clear view, was the fenced back yard of their house. I told Jon, age 7, that it seemed there was a shorter way to Mt. Everest. He said, "It's not Mt. Everest if you come that way". I think he has hit on some sort of universal truth and here it is -------> JON'S RULE: Where you are depends on how you get there. Which is the story of my life and yours too." Robert Munsch

The perfect gift for your Mother.

If you are looking for the perfect gift for your mother this Mother's Day, or any day... may I suggest this book. It is a wonderful way to pay tribute to the woman who rocked you to sleep and sang you lullabies.

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      Icha 

      3 years ago

      FUn! Fun! I love RM too!!My favs are David's Father and Pigs! I also like Get oUt of Bed.I love seeing your prteuics!Tomorrow is my last day :o)..and I have tried posting this 3-4 times so if it eventually shows up multiple times.. don't think I am CRAZY :o)

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      Lela 

      6 years ago

      I have had five miscarriages. Finally, on September 27 th 2012 I brought a healthy, full term baby boy into this world. He is my miracle. When I read the review of this book along with a sample, I cried and knew I had to have it. Because of my situation this book really touched me. Now I know why.

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      Noelyn Alancado Baluyan 

      6 years ago

      hmmmm..... this story is so very interesting and nice becuase it has many moral lessons that give us the inspiration.I hope all people read this.Thanks!!!!!!

      P.S.: I'm came from Philippines.

      Thank you,

      Noelyn Baluyan

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      kj 

      7 years ago

      I read Love You Forever to my kids when they were little, now they are both in their 20s. I still remember that book and how it touched me. I put it in their keepsake box so they can read it to their children someday.

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      nestor - Phil 

      8 years ago

      I really like this story. I shed my tears while wathching the video. You're such a great and wonderful writer - Robert m.

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      dj 

      8 years ago

      i still love your books(and you)

      you are the best righter ever

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      _cheryl_ 

      8 years ago from California

      This is a great book. My Mom actually gave this to my daughter, and I became teary eyed when I first read this to her. A truly touching timeless story about a mother's love. Great hub!

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      pigfish 

      8 years ago from Southwest Ohio

      One of the best books ever! I have an audiotape of Robert Munsch reading it himself which I treasure. I've used the story for children's moments at our church for Mother's Day and even the men cry! Thank you for the look into the author's life. There was much I didn't know. How beautiful that the song "Love You Forever" was to memorialize their two stillborn babies.

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      dj tengesdal and gemma Harpaul 

      9 years ago

      i have read all of your books and they are great.I can' wait until the next one comes out and i think that yo shoud be an author for your whole life.

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      In The Doghouse 

      10 years ago from California

      Uninvited Writer,

      I agree, I love the books of Robert Munsch. Researching more about him to write this Hub has made me come to appreciate him as an author even more.

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      Susan Keeping 

      10 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Robert Munsch is great. I love that all his books are based on kids he has met in real life :)

      Wonderful hub.

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      In The Doghouse 

      10 years ago from California

      Michelle,

      You will love this book. I hope that you make it back to view it. Love You Forever is up there on my list of classic Children's books... ranking among The Giving Tree...

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Now I wonder where I was to have missed this book? Now you made me all curious about it. But I'm still tyring to watcht the video but it kept stalling on me. Hmmm I guess I may just have to come back to watch it again. Thanks Diana for sharing this one. :)

    • In The Doghouse profile imageAUTHOR

      In The Doghouse 

      10 years ago from California

      I heartBYU,

      You are so right, grandmothers are awesome. I am glad that this book reminds you of yours because I know how much you loved your grandma. Thanks for your comments.

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      IheartBYU 

      10 years ago from Murrieta, CA

      I love this book! My grandma used to read it to me all the time. So whenever I read it now I think of her. I know it's about a mother's love and that mother's day is coming up but I think grandmas are often forgotten on Mother's Day. And if it weren't for such great grandmas we wouldn't have such awesome mothers (and fathers too)! Thanks for reminding me about the book!

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      In The Doghouse 

      10 years ago from California

      Bocadike,

      This one was for you, truly. xxoo

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      Bocadike 

      10 years ago

      Thanks for reminding me - Yes, it always brings many memories and TEARS! You did a great job on the research of Robert Munsch!

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      In The Doghouse 

      10 years ago from California

      Vims,

      Thank you for your kind words. I am glad you enjoyed the book.

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      vims 

      10 years ago

      Wonderful hub, Doghouse. It is touching! emotionally charging the mind and heart.

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      In The Doghouse 

      10 years ago from California

      Steph,

      Thank you for stopping by and adding your praise of the book. It is a wonderful story that should be shared for generations to come in my opinion. Thanks.

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Oh my goodness - I have this book and I can't read it aloud to my kids without crying! I love it! Great hub!!

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      In The Doghouse 

      10 years ago from California

      Thanks Mike. I love the story too!

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      Mike Jones 

      10 years ago from Utah

      Nice story, touching!! Thank you.

    • In The Doghouse profile imageAUTHOR

      In The Doghouse 

      10 years ago from California

      Hi Sally,

      Thanks for your kind words. This is definately a touching story, and when I researched the author I found him to be an awesome man as well. You are in good company with your tears.

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      In The Doghouse 

      10 years ago from California

      rsrring,

      You're welcome, I hope you enjoyed the story.

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      In The Doghouse 

      10 years ago from California

      Amy Jane,

      I am glad you enjoyed this Hub. I too cry every time I read it. I realize it has been around for a while, but thought it was worth bringing back into circulation. Thanks for your comments.

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      Sherri 

      10 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      A beautiful story and a wonderful tribute to its teller. Thanks for bringing us this gem and the man behind it.

      My mother has always said to me, "As long as I am here, you will be my baby." So please know that this hub brought tears to my eyes.

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      rsrring 

      10 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you for the contribution!

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      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      Wonderful hub, Doghouse. I cried when I first read this book a few years back. I agree, this would make a lovely Mother's Day gift. Thanks for the idea :)

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