Value: Enduring Family Love

Time: 20 minutes

Appropriate Ages: 3-100 *This is arguably not a children's book, because the message is best understood by adults. But of course, children can follow along and feel loved just as well. 

Materials:

  • Book: Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch

  • String

  • Printed out family photos of child at different ages

  • close pins

 

Activity/Discussion:

  1. Read story. Usually discussion questions are provided for during the story. But this text is too sacred to interrupt. Instead, just read straight through, and try not to cry. Here's a sneak peak of my two favorite photos:

2. After the story, ask a few of the following discussion questions that intrigue or inspire you, from https://www.teachingchildrenphilosophy.org/BookModule/LoveYouForever:

  • How do your parents show they love you?

  • Why does the mother love the boy and what does the mother get in return?

  • Why is a mother’s love selfless when it comes to their child?

  • Do you think the boy is being selfish by not telling his mother he loves her?

  • Can you be angry with someone and still love them?

  • How do you show your parents you love them?

  • Why did the mother always love him?

  • Do you think the boy loved the mother, but just was too embarrassed to say?

  • Why are we embarrassed to tell someone we love them?

  • Why did the boy not show his love for his mother until he was older?

  • Do you need to have a reason to love someone?

3. Make a hanging photo display, inspired by the mobile on the last page of the book. Follow the instructions by A Pair and A Spare by clicking on the photo below:

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Happy

Reading!

Alana

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