As a mother cradles her newborn boy, she softly sings, “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.” So begins Robert Munsch’s simple yet beautifully moving portrait of what it means to be both a parent and a child. At the end of the story, the grown son now cradles his dying mother and sings to her, “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my Mommy you’ll be.” But the story doesn’t end on a sad note, as the son goes home to his new baby girl. He cradles her in his arms the same way his mother held him, completing the circle. Even though the journey of life and death can be bittersweet, the book effortlessly captures the beauty and joy of it.
~ Evan Derrick
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