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Guess How Much I Love You Hardcover – 1995


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Candlewick (1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564024733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564024732
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 22.3 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #884,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24 2003
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 By Holly on June 24 2004
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27 2003
Format: Board book
This is a great book. It focuses on the quality time a parent spends with their child and the extent of their love for each other. My parents purchase this book for me when I was in 2nd grade, and I still like this book! The art graphics are great too. The art impacts and reinforces the depth and warmth of compassion shared by the father and the son. Even though this book is for people up to 3rd grade; if every now-and- then you still like to lay your head on your dad's shoulder, or if every blue-moon you still like to rest with your mom's arm wrapped around you; then this is a great book for all ages. In looking at and listening to my parents you never out grow the memories or the need for confimation of your parents love. I like this book because the content leaves you feeling happy and peaceful and definitely cared for. The only sad part was when the son fell asleep before hearing his dad's final words of the evening. But, even that part was cool-beacuse the reader and/or the listener is insured that the father loves his son. This story also could be titled as "A Father and Son Day Out" or "Chillin With Dad"
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.
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By Dana on May 20 2004
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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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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