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Love You Forever – Childrens’ Book Review by S.A. Barone

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Children's Book Review
Love You Forever
by S.A. Barone

I was in Barnes and Noble the other day in the kids section, I love to browse and see what’s new, when I overheard a couple of young woman talking about a gift for a baby shower.  One suggested getting a nice book for the mother to read to her baby when the child is born.  The other one thought that was a dumb idea and said, “Who reads to infants and a book wouldn’t be appreciated.” The other young woman said, “You’re probably right, let’s go to Target.”  I really wanted to say something to them but thought better of it.  I always read to my infant babies and I’m sure a lot of other parents read to their babies too.
Have you been invited to a baby shower lately?  If so, a beautiful picture book is a wonderful gift to give at a baby shower.   Infants love to be read to.  They love listening to your voice, even though they don’t know what you are saying. Reading to an infant can be very soothing and comforting to them. And, more times than not, they come to love those wonderful picture books that were read to them when they were very young.
So if you have been invited to a baby shower here is a book that is a big hit with new moms and dads and an all time favorite of mine as well:
Love You Forever, written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Sheila McGraw.  This book is so heartwarming and emotional.  It’s a wonderful sweet story about the love a mother has for her baby.  At night she 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 sings this song to her baby when he turns two and when he is nine and when he is a teenager.  After he grows up and leaves home she takes to driving across town and with a ladder, she climbs through her son’s window and rocks the sleeping man and sings to him.  Then the day comes when the lady is too old and sick to hold her son, and the roles are reversed.  He then sits and rocks his mother and sings, “I’ll love you forever, I’ll love you for always.”    This is one of those books about a parent’s unconditional love for their child, and I know this book will always be one of those wonderful books that will be timeless.  This book never leaves the reader with a dry eye.
The illustrations by Shelia McGraw are comic yet very moving.  Her soft pastels are strong and mesmerizing, a feast for the reader’s eyes.
Love You Forever is a great starting book for your child’s library.
Happy Reading!
S.A. Barone

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