Guess How Much I Love You Hardcover – 1995
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Candlewick Press, 1995, 1st, Very good., Pictorial cover. No dust jacket. Gift inscription, otherwise clean, bright. First U. S. edition. Color illustrations. Illus: Anita Jeram [Children's books, Anita Jeram] Out-of-print and antiquarian booksellers since 1933. We pack and ship with care.
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This is a must read. I recommend this book to parents who love their children and to children who love their parents every where of all ages and nationality.
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.
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.Read more ›
Second, I agree with what some others have said about this book as far as it's appeal. I, myself, love it. But I can't say the same for my little girl.
I bought this for my 22 month daughter on Valentine's Day. She loves books and had just recently gotten to where she could actually stay focused for a story of any length. So I thought this would be fine. The truth is, though, that she lost interest in it right away. It's a very artistic book. With it's very soft-colored, subtle, drawings that nearly seem to get lost in the background, the phrasing and momentum of the story. And, yes, the names "Little" and "Big" "Nutbrown Hare" do stick in my throat as I read.
At this age my daughter really does better with illustrations that stand out and are vivid and colorful. Also rhyming stories are best at this age. As it is now I can usually get to the 2nd or 3rd to last page and she takes off.
I am sure that she will grow into this and that's fine with me. Get this book. Even if your child doesn't like it right away that isn't anything bad to say about the book, give it some time. If nothing else, get it for yourself.
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My 21 yr old and I used to read this everynight. Her own copy was my gift to her for her 21st birthday.
The book arrived quickly and in excellent shape! She loved it.
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 morePublished on Dec 28 2006 by David
My son has never sat through a reading of this book. I agree that the book has competitive quality about it, with the father always having to out do the son. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2004
I love that this is the first book I ever read to my son. It is so sweet and perfect to show how love is boundless...Published on May 19 2004 by Jennifer O'neil
I love reading this story to my children. I bought it when I was pregnant with my first child and I cried when I read it. It is so sweet. Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by Alison M Hunter
This is my daughters bedtime story. She always wants to read this book before going to sleep. A must have for every parent!Published on April 29 2004
Guess How Much I Love You is truly a fantastic book to read and share with a child just how much you love them. Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by Barbara Rose