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Tuesday, June 15, 2010


This is one of the SWEETEST and most heart rendering little books...ever !
THE AUTHOR, Robert Munsch, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

He studied to become a Jesuit priest, but decided he would rather work with children after jobs at orphanages and daycare centers.

In 1973, he received a Master of Education in Child Studies from Tufts University. In Guelph he was encouraged to publish the many stories he made up for the children he worked with.
Munsch's wife delivered two stillborn babies in 1979 and 1980.

Out of the tragedy, he produced one of his best-known books, LOVE YOU FOREVER.

This book was listed fourth on the 2001 Publishers Weekly All-Time Best selling Children's Books list for paperbacks at 6,970,000 copies (not including the 1,049,000 hardcover copies).

The Munsches have since become adoptive parents of Julie, Andrew and Tyya.
Munsch has publicly talked about his bipolar disorder and addiction issues.
In August 2008, Munsch suffered a stroke that affected his ability to speak in normal sentences. He has recovered enough that he is able to perform live, but has put his writing career on
hold until he is fully recovered.
On May 15, 2010 Munsch revealed that he's been diagnosed as obsessive-compulsive and manic-depressive, and that he is a recovering cocaine addict and alcoholic.

I so admire someone like this that has overcome severe handicaps to push
forward toward their dreams....and make them come true.
I highly recomend this little children's book.
My copy is one of my prized possessions.
It's a very simply told story with so much underneath feeling, I get a huge lump
in my throat, just thinking about it. *bj
Like most people, I LOVE BOOKS....
I buy books that I want to read..
but, I must admit...
I also buy books that LOOK PRETTY...
I love the looks of both these thrifted books...
O, and I love these book-ends, too ! :)
SHEILA, can you LOVE book-ends?.....Well, you bet your rhinestoned reading glasses, you can !!
ROSES from my garden...
BOOKS beside my bed...
.....just waiting to be read.
Linking with REDNESDAY


Frances said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that book, but have never been able to read it to my kids without crying! It is the sweetest story ever!

Bonnie said...

I love this book too. It is the story of my mom and me. I miss her! Interesting to read about the author. I hope he recovers!

WhineNRoses said...

That is such a sweet book!!
I've cried whenever I've read it!!!

Kathleen Grace said...

I love this book too. I read it to my daughters until the book literally fell apart, and every. single. time. I got tears in my eyes. Very interesting background on the author!

Annie Joy said...

My oldest daughter bought me a copy years ago for Mother's Day, so your illustration really touched my heart (again)! Thank you! Annie

Lillie Mae Acres said...

I do have this book and cherish my copy also. Years ago a co-worker received it when her son was graduating high school and we all read it in the ofc. I had to get on a waiting list for a copy of it at a local bookstore. I was having problems conceiving and when I did, after Matt was born I read it to him all the time. TY for this lovely post.

Kathy said...

Precious book...
Are you enjoying your summer BJ?
I'm buying pretty books too....along with ones I'd like to read!
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I'm not familiar with this book, but I'll certainly be looking for it now. Thanks for telling me about it. laurie

Julie Harward said...

I love your book ends too....very sweet! :D

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Interesting facts about the author...I'll have to look for the book. I too love books, love to read...I'm always so shocked when someone tells me they don't read. I had a book in my hand since I was a child:)

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Mica said...

I read that book over and over to both my children...we still own it... I did not know about the authors wife having two stillborn births sad.... Thanks for sharing Mica/The Child's Paper

Laura @ The Shabby Rabbit said...

Books are my fav...fav...favorite!! Your Bookend set it adorable!!
And I still can't make it through Love you for ever with dry eyes either!!

Anonymous said...

One of my kids got me this book several years ago. I cry every time I read it. Love, love, love it forever.

Tennis Girl said...

I love books, too. And I love magazines! They are always all around me :)

Stacey said...

BJ, I have been a fan of Robert Munsch ever since my first Children's Literature class in about 1983. Never knew all of that about him though...thanks for the info. Gives me new insight into this author that I love so much.

Angela said...

We love Robert Munsh around here...I have that book and when my own children were wee ones, I would read it to them and try not to bawl while doing so. It is such a beautiful story.

Watched a program about Robert the other day...I collect all his books. My daughter was able to meet him when he came to the highschool a few years back.

craftyles said...

I love books,but haven't read that one -yet! You made me want to rush out and get it.

Debby said...

Yes, it is a wonderful book. I didn't know the history behind the author.
Once at our ClownTown Sunday services a clown put on an act to this book. It was beautiful.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Definitely one of our favorite books at Sweet Bee Cottage. Thanks for sharing.

Dena said...

OH my gosh BJ, I read that book to both my boys and it is one of my favorites! I didn't know the story behind the author, thanks for sharing that. I also loved the "Paper Bag Princess" :)


Anonymous said...

Thank you for history on that book. I like everyone else could hardly get through the pages without tearing up when reading it to my children. Marcia

Kathleen said...

I read that book to my class every year, and cried each time!
I also gave a copy to my son .
I did not know about his addictions. I hope he recovers.

Mitzi said...

I love that book too and buy it for new mothers of boys. My stack of books to read is out of hand and I still keep buying more. My personal obsession. Love your blog.

DREW'S MOM said...

That is my all time favorite book EVER and since becoming a mother, I cry each and every time I read it. I hope one day to hear my son read this book to his children.

Kathie Truitt said...

I love that book! My daughter also learned the song in music class when she was 10 and we were expecting our third child. Our second (a boy) was stillborn and it was many years before we were pregnant again. When an amniocenthesis revealed we were having another boy she begged her dad to take her to the store to buy this book. Well, that little boy is now 15, and daughter is 25 with a baby of her own but I still cry every time I read this book.

By the way, if you love books my novel "False Victim" will be released August 3rd! I hope you'll give ME a try.

Kathie Truitt

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi BJ!

I have never heard of this book and now I am going to have to go and search it out! thanks for sharing it with us.

BTW, I LOVE the you and the Mr. picture on your sidebar (Our 50th)!!!

Have a wonderful day!

Adrienne said...

Love that book. I was first introduced to it when our oldest grandson was a baby and it's been special ever since. Thank you for sharing the story of the author - that makes it even more meaningful.

CACHANILLA73 said...

Never read the book before, but it on my list now. I do too love 'pretty books'.

Sally Annie Magundy said...

I haven't heard of that book before, thank you so much for sharing about it.

Your roses are gorgeous!

Happy Rednesday,

9405018--Pat said...

I Love this of my fav...I love to give this at a baby shower glad you had a great trip...Pat H

********Shelly******** said...

I LOVE that book, definitely one of my favorite childrens books. I think my 5 year old knows it by memory, I know I do...We tell the story without the book :)

I love books, period. And yes, they can most assuredly be used to enhance our decor! :)

SueLovesCherries said...

Wow, great story! I'm glad you shared it with us.