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.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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3 Comments

  1. Beautiful 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. I started to read it to her over a year ago when she was only two years old, and now she can read it with me. It has created a special bond between us. I highly recommend this book to any loving mother. In addition to that I also recommend a book series titled “

  2. Expresses a mother’s love perfectly My mom bought this for me as a gift after my first son was born. I had to go back to work when he was 3 months old. She gave it to me one weekend and I sat and read it and just started crying. It was when I read that last line–I love you all the way to the moon and back–that really touched me. It made me realize how much I was missing my baby boy during the day. I also noticed that Big Nutbrown Hare waits until the little one is asleep to say the last line. That also reflects how…

  3. Not competetive 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…

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