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The Story Behind a Popular Kid’s Book

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“Love You Forever” is a book close to many a parent’s heart…often it’s one of the first books a mother ror father reads to their child. But do you know why the author wrote it?

“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be” are the words that many moms, dads and children have known by heart for many years, and repeated throughout life to each other.

The book, by Robert Munsch, is often the first book you will purchase for your child…IF you haven’t already received it as a gift at your baby shower or upon giving birth.

But for Robert Munsch, it was a way to express the sad, sad feelings he was holding inside after going through the tragedy with his wife of having two stillborn babies.

Robert says for a long time it was just a song in his head…that he couldn’t even sing out loud because it would make him cry. Then one day, while telling stories at a big theatre (he is also the author of “Mortimer”, “The Paperback Princess”, Smelly Socks”, and more) it occurred to him that maybe he could make a story around that special song.

As sad as the story-behind-the story is….thank you, Mr. Munsch, for giving me and my boys a way to always express how much we will love each other forever and for always.

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