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I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living, my baby you'll be.
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Love You Forever is the story of a mother and her son throughout the course of the boy's life; describing his exasperating behavior throughout his youth.

In spite of the aggravation caused by her son's behavior, the mother visits his bedroom every night to cradle him in her arms, and sing a lullaby promising to love him forever. She continues to do this even when he is a grown man, and has moved out of the house. Eventually, when she is old and sick, he picks her up and sings the same song to her. Then he goes home, and sings it to his own child.

Love You Forever, which has been making people cry since 1986, is a Canadian picture book written by Robert Munsch. Munsch wrote it after he and his wife had two stillborn babies.


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This book provides examples of:

  • Babies Ever After: The book ends with the boy singing the song to his infant daughter.
  • Bookends: The books begins with:
    A mother held her new baby and very slowly rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she held 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.'
    • and ends with
    Then he went into the room where his very new baby daughter was sleeping. He picked her up in his arms and rocked her, back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, and while he held her he sang 'I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living, my baby you'll be.'
  • Empty Nest: Even after the boy grows up and moves out, his mother will sometimes sneak into his house to hold him and sing the song.
  • Meaningful Echo: When the mother is old, and implied to be dying, her son picks her up and sings:
    I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living, my mommy you'll be.
  • Momma's Boy
  • One Last Song: Near the end, the now-adult son sings the song to his now-dying mother.
  • Parental Love Song: The "I'll Love you Forever" song.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: The adult son is depicted cradling his ailing mother in this pose.

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