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Guess How Much I Love You [Hardcover]

Sam McBratney , Anita Jeram
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)

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March 6 1995 Guess How Much I Love You
"Guess how much I love you," says Little Nutbrown Hare. Little Nutbrown Hare shows his daddy how much he loves him: as wide as he can reach and as far as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare, who can reach farther and hop higher, loves him back just as much. Well then Little Nutbrown Hare loves him right up to the moon, but that's just halfway to Big Nutbrown Hare's love for him.

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All children want reassurance that their parents' love runs wide and deep. In Guess How Much I Love You, a young rabbit named Little Nutbrown Hare thinks he's found a way to measure the boundaries of love. In a heartwarming twist on the "I-can-do-anything-you-can-do-better" theme, Little Nutbrown Hare goes through a series of declarations regarding the breadth of his love for Big Nutbrown Hare. But even when his feelings stretch as long as his arms, or as high as his hops, Little Nutbrown Hare is fondly one-upped by the elder rabbit's more expansive love.

Anita Jeram's illustrations are bound to elicit an "aw" from even the sternest of readers; these loving rabbits are expressive, endearing, and never cloying. In turn, Sam McBratney tells a simple bedtime story of sweet familial love with humor, insight, and a delightful surprise at the end. Children and parents will love snuggling up for this one--a treat to be read again and again, just before the lights are turned out. (Click to see a sample spread. Text © 1994 by Sam McBratney. Illustrations © 1994 by Anita Jeram. Permission from Candlewick Press.) (Ages 4 to 8)

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Fresh as a fiddlehead fern in spring, this beguiling bedtime tale features a pip of a young rabbit and his indulgent parent. Searching for words to tell his dad how much he loves him (and to put off bedtime just an eentsy bit longer), Little Nutbrown Hare comes up with one example after another ("I love you as high as I can hop!"), only to have Big Nutbrown Hare continually up the ante. Finally, on the edge of sleep, he comes up with a showstopper: "I love you right up to the moon." (Dad does top this declaration too, but only after his little bunny falls asleep.) Effused with tenderness, McBratney's wise, endearing and droll story is enriched by the near-monochromatic backdrop of Jeram's pen-and-wash artwork, rendered earthy tones of moss, soft brown and gray for a visually quieting effect just right for that last soothing tale before sleep. Ages 3-up.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not competetive May 24 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is a sweet, loving introduction to a familiar game that many parents have played with their child. I can't see it as being about competition. Perhaps some of the negative reviewers never played the game of "Guess how much I love you". But it was a natural part of childhood for my children. It wasn't about competition, it was about creativiity--thinking of ways of expressing love bigger than ever before. I wouldn't dream of trying to "oneup" my children. I just liked the silly answers we would come up with in playing.
To all the naysayers, the last line of the book is ALL about letting the child "win". The father waits until the child is asleep in the assurance he has come up with the unbeatable answer, "I Love you all the way to the moon!" But as he sleeps and the father looks at this bundle of miracle that has been bestowed upon him he says what he feels, "I love you all the way to the moon, and back". The child doesn't hear this. The father is just expressing a love he can't even define it's so big. That's not competetive or mean spirited, it's a wonderfully realistic portrayal of having a feeling of love so big that you know there is nothing bigger.
The pictures are great. I wouldn't go board book. This book is better for older children.
Buy it and enjoy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book! June 24 2004
By Holly
Format:Board book
This is one of the sweetest books out there. My daughter and I love to read it together. My only compliant is that this book didn't interest my daughter until around her second birthday, I assume because of the lack of color. The illustrations from an adult perspective thought are beautiful, as is the message.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for kids May 20 2004
By Dana
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book not for a child but for a close friend who is going through a very difficult time in his life. I picked it based on the title alone, because it seemed like it'd have the sort of message I wanted to share with my friend. When I read it, I was delighted by the very simple story of two characters trying to define the size of their love, in a way very much like a game I used to play with my mother. Some people feel that the story is very competitive and I can understand that opinion, but I never felt that way when I played that game with my mother, nor does the book feel competitive to me. To me, the message is simply about love, and the undefinable, unquantifiable nature of it, and the way that no matter what kind of analogy you create for how much you love someone, it's still not big enough.
Besides the message of the story, and soothing illustrations, what really made this book a favorite was the lack of definition for the relationship between the big and little hares. A lot of stories mention in one way or another how the characters are related, and usually they're parent and child. This book makes no mention of how the two characters are related, or even if they are related in any legally-recognized way; you can take it to be whatever you want, whatever fits. Because of that, it's a particularly good fit for our odd mentorship-friendship, or any other nontraditional relationship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tale of Immeasurable Love Nov. 8 2003
Format:Board book
McBratney's tale about a young rabbit, Little Nutbrown Hare who tries to declare his love for his father by using boundaries he can find in the world. However, the young rabbit's father can always outdo Little Nutbrown Hare's declarations with one of his own. Throughout the book both the young rabbit and the father rabbit continually search for the words to describe how much they love one another. Finally, as Little Nutbrown Hare falls asleep he gives one last attempt to outdo his father's declaration of love. Can Little Nutbrown Hare's valiant attempt stump his ever-loving father?
I think this is a sweet and heart warming tale that portrays that love is immeasurable. The book captures the sincerity of both Little Nutbrown hare and Big Nutbrown Hare. I think any adult or child who hears this book would not be able to help but smile.
The illustrator, Anita Jeram uses pen and ink with a watercolor wash to exemplify the heartfelt hares throughout the pages. The soft colors give the reader a serene feel. The illustrator also uses the lines in the book to depict the action of the hares. On pages 3-6 the lines suggest that the hares are pulling, being pulled or stretching their arms high into the sky. Another example of the lines showing motion, is the page where the child hare is hopping around to show his love. The double page spread shows the child hare in different hopping positions. The size of the father hare compared to the child hare is shown in great detail when the father hare reaches into the sky to show his love. They surrounding details seem gigantic to the child hare, yet they seem miniscule to the father hare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Loving Story May 21 2003
Format:Board book
I purchased this book when my daughter was about 9 mos old before I read any reviews on-line. I purchased it based on the title when I saw it in a store. After all, what better question to pose to someone and display your feelings for that person. That is what this book is all about. Showing and sharing your love with another. At first, my daughter would sit still for the entire story as I patted each page alternatately to maintain her attention. As she reached 12 - 15 mos, she would want to turn the page before we were finished, so I used the motions in the book to play with her while telling/reading the story. It worked she absolutely LOVES this book (she is now 22 mos old and has asked for this book every night since then). I tug at her ear when Little Nutbrown Hair tugs at Big Nutbrown Hair's ears. She will even tug at her own ear when we reach that page. I tickle her toes when Little Nutbrown Hair turns upside down to reach waaayyy up the tree with his toes. I bounce her up and down (gently so as to not excite her since we read this at bedtime), spread her arms then my arms to match the extent of each Nutbrown Hair's love. She thoroughly enjoys this book. And the end is very true and very precious. How much do I love you? "Right up to the moon - - - and back' I whisper to her and gently kiss her cheek. An excellent snuggleing book and one to share your love with your little one.
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The book was smaller in size than I expected, but I didn't check for dimensions before ordering... So I can't really complain
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Bought this book for a Chirstmas gift for a friend's little Girl. It is a lovely story and can be enjoyed by all ages.
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That's the most beautiful book for a young child that I know of. It perfectly expresses the mother's love. I enjoy reading it every night before my daughter goes to bed. Read more
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