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One Of The Most Popular Children's Books Has A Shocking Backstory

Dec 24, 2014

This well-known children’s book, written by Robert Munsch, has been read to kids growing up for years. It has even sold over 15 million copies, so there’s a pretty good chance you’ve read this to a child or grandchild. Maybe you’ve even had this read to you. If you’ve ever thought about the reason why it was written, you might assume a parent wrote it for their child as they were growing up. 

But the actual inspiration for this story is something much different. 
 

Author Robert Munsch shared this on his website:

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"I made that up after my wife and I had two babies born dead. The song was my song to my dead babies. For a long time I had it in my head and I couldn't even sing it because every time I tried to sing it I cried. It was very strange having a song in my head that I couldn't sing.

For a long time it was just a song but one day, while telling stories at a big theatre at the University of Guelph, it occurred to me that I might be able to make a story around the song.

Out popped ‘Love You Forever,’ pretty much the way it is in the book."

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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."
 

This book has taken on a whole new meaning for readers everywhere! Whether you are a parent with a child here with you or someone who has lost a child, this book is completely relatable. What a wonderful book!

Credits: Office Robert Munsch Site

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