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Guess How Much I Love You

Press:Walker Books Ltd Walker Books Ltd (November 5, 2007)
Publication Date:2007-11-05
Author Name:Sam McBratney


Shortlisted for the 1994 Kurt Maschler Award and the Children's Illustrated Book of the Year Award, this is the story of Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare, who discover that love is not an easy thing to measure.

From Publishers Weekly

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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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K?In this simple story, a father and son try to outdo one another in expressing their affection. 
Little Nutbrown Hare says that he loves his father as high as he can reach.
Big Nutbrown Hare replies that he loves his son as high as he can reach?which is very high.
Father seems to be winning?until the young rabbit tells dad that he loves him right up to the moon?which his father agrees is very far away.
But as he kisses his son goodnight, he replies, "I love you right up to the moon?and back." The watercolor illustrations are composed of scratchy lines and large areas of watery washes that are charming, but not too sweet.
Large typeface and repetitive refrains invite beginning readers.
It's refreshing and realistic to see a father and son relationship that is both competitive and loving.?Karen K.
Radtke, Milwaukee Public LibraryCopyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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From Booklist

Ages 3^-5. 
An endearing nursery game is beautifully revitalized in this comforting, sleepy-time picture book.
A little hare tests his father's love by declaring his own: "Guess how much I love you .
This much." Jeram's double-page-spread watercolors are just right for the gentle competition that ensues as parent and child each avow affection in ever more expansive terms.
Neither sugary nor too cartoonlike, the watercolors, in soft shades of brown and greens with delicate ink-line details, warmly capture the loving relationship between parent and child as well as the comedy that stems from little hare's awe of his wonderful dad.
The story ends with a declaration of love so great it reaches "right up to the moon," and little hare finally falls fast asleep.
There's not a wrong note in this tender tale, which should become an enduring bedtime favorite--right up there with Goodnight Moon.
Stephanie Zvirin

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"* "A perfect picture book." The Good Book Guide * "This is a book which both parents and children adore and will be a book any adult will happily read over and over again at bedtime!" The Guardian"

From the Publisher

GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU is one of the most beloved stories. 
This children's classic has touched the lives of readers around the world.
To celebrate our 15th birthday, we at Candlewick Press are delighted to make this special offer on a limited time basis.
This special edition with the FREE Storytime Animated DVD will be cherished for years to come.
We wish you and yours all the joy we have known in the sharing of it - to the moon and back!

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About the Author

Sam McBratney, author of one of world's bestselling picture books, Guess How Much I Love You, has won the Bass Ireland Arts Prize and the Bisto Award, twice. 
He is also the author of the bestselling You're All My Favourites (9780744586602).
He lives in Ireland.
Anita Jeram is the highly acclaimed illustrator of the globally adored picture book Guess How Much I Love You, as well as You're All My Favourites, and I Love My Little Storybook (9780744594621), which she also wrote.
She lives in Ireland.


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Comment List (Total:18)

  •     This book is TINY! I paid a little under $5 so I won't refund it but wow what a waste. I didn't realize it was such a small book and the word Lay was used incorrectly. Meh art.

  •     Cute book

  •     love the book it is a classic.

  •     There is nothing Deluxe about this Book and Toy. Really cheap stuffed animal, and the box came crinkled. I thought this would be nice for my new Grandchild.

  •     Arrived in Perfect condition. It's the best baby shower gift!

  •     Bought book for my newborn grandchild, it is a nice book, nice story!

  •     I already had the "Guess How Much I Love You" baby book, which i love, but I wanted to be able to track more of the daily moments of my daughter's first year so when I found this I was excited! The pictures are very cute and basically tell the story over the months. A big plus is that this calendar gives you 13 months to work with so you can record your child's first birthday. A surprising number of them only give you 12 months to work with which is frustrating because you can't record that last month then. My only complaint is that I wish it had more stickers. It only has one "dr visit" one and everyone knows that even if your kid doesn't get sick you are going to be in getting lots of check-ups. But all in all one of the better calendars that I found.

  •     My favorite children's book - I ALWAYS buy this for friends and family having little ones. This version is some sort of special edition and its gorgeous.

  •     Awesome book for bedtime reading

  •     Children love this book!

  •     One of my favorite books!

  •     Fast shipping was definitely a plus. I ordered two, one for me and one for a friend and her daughter. Both arrived in perfect condition.As far as the actual book goes I really liked it. Some of the reviews said it wasn't cute because they were competing over who loved who more. But my three year old and I do that all the time. We are just playing around and he always wins. I say I love you, he says a love you more, I say I love you most and after play arguing he eventually says "I just want to love you equal" so we agree on loving each other equally.Just wanted to point out that big nutbrown hare let little nutbrown hare win. He didn't say he loved him to the moon and back until after little nutbrown hare was asleep.The book is adorable in my opinion. Not so sure I like the name choices because they're so long but I could easily substitute different names in if it annoys me that much.My little guy and I say "I love you to the moon and back" all the time so he thought it was pretty cool something he actually says was in a book.

  •     I like the positive aspect of this book and bought it for my great grandchildren who like to read it over and over

  •     I have very fond memories of my parents reading me this board book as a young child, and so I bought this as a gift for a co-worker who was expecting a baby. The shipping speed and quality of the board book was great, and he was very happy with the gift. I'm now expecting a baby myself, and plan on buying a second copy for my own child.

  •     When I'd ordered this precious "Sweetheart Gift Edition" on Amazon last August, it was in hopes of it being one of the books we gave our youngest grandson on his 2nd birthday in September (or at least by Christmas!) Originally published in 1994, I don't know what the issues were with the delayed publication date of this gift edition (moved back to 12/27/16 - it didn't make it into our hands until 12/30/16), but even though we were disappointed not to receive it sooner, it was worth the wait! Such a clean look to the pearlescent cover, beautifully accented with the title and design element on the bottom of the front cover printed in silver (as is the quote on the back cover, "I love you right up to the moon - and back.") The soft color palette the illustrator uses is such a nice complement to the simplicity of the words and the story - nice and soothing to read to a youngster prior to a nap or at bedtime, and just the right size (6-1/2" x 7-1/2")... just make sure you're aware that this particular copy is NOT a board book with thick pages (and no pop ups or pull tabs.) Nice little encircled area inside with three lines where you can inscribe your own dedication to the recipient.The story itself is my favorite part. Who knows at what age a tiny little person begins to comprehend what the word "love" means? I'm sure they begin to understand the concept as soon as they arrive, through a parent's (or other caregiver's) tender touches, kisses, hugs and smiles as they say the words. I can say without a doubt that the first utterance of "I love you, Grandma" by one of our grandkids has always been such a tender memory for me, as you can just sense that they're trying to find words to express how they're feeling (safe, happy, content) - just like Little Nutbrown Hare is trying to express to Big Nutbrown Hare in the story. Seems each time he attempts to quantify his love in terms he can grasp (as wide as his arms can stretch, as high as he can reach with his front paws - or his back paws, while doing a handstand! - or as high as he can hop or as far as he can see), his dad is always able to stretch wider/higher, see farther, etc., in quantifying his own love for his son. When he finally comes up with "I love you right up to the MOON" as the furthest thing he can imagine, his wise dad let's it go at that as the little fellow drifts off to sleep... before whispering with a knowing smile, "I love you right up to the moon - AND BACK."What Little Nutbrown Hare doesn't know yet is that our capacity to give love only grows as we age, coming to a progressively greater understanding of what the word means by experiencing ALL that's involved in the intimate tapestry of loving someone. As an older woman, I can now weave into that tapestry the recognition of how beautiful it is to receive the earliest expressions of love from a grandchild - there's nothing better in this world. And for me, that's what this little story represents. Perfect.

  •     A classic. Sweet illustrations with a sweet little story.

  •     I see what other reviewers mean about the Big Nutbrown hare and little nutbrown hare line being repeated. I think there's nothing wrong with moderate repetition because most children like it . This however - makes me almost feel nauseated . The constant repetition of their names is frustrating and unnecessary. I would have liked it if not for that . I will be giving it away .

  •     This is just the sweetest little book! I got it for Easter for my daughter to go along with the "Guess How Much I Love You" jack in the box and my daughter absolutely...


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