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I’m feeling all warm and fuzzy and full of all things heart warming today, and that is because the book I’m reviewing this week is Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney (Author), Anita Jeram (Illustrator).
A Family Favourite
Being an absolute family favourite, loved by both adults and children, Guess How Much I Love You is a must have in every household.
As well as being utterly heart warming and featuring some of our favourite literary hares, Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare have made it big time in the world of merchandise.
You can see Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare on greeting cards, cuddly toys and they even have their own TV shows.
If you’re a crazy bunny lady like me, you may even have seen some beautiful and charming Nutbrown Hare tattoos. There’s no denying that the symbolism behind a Guess How Much I Love You tattoo is wonderful, whether you’re a tattoo fan or not.
There is no escaping the fact that this story is magical and has clearly captured the hearts of children and adults alike.
It’s really easy to see why.
The story is fairly basic and short and what I really love about the characters is that Little Nutbrown Hare is talking to his father, rather than his mother. It’s something that I didn’t see much growing up and I don’t think, even in this day, I have seen as many father-son books rather than mother and the children books. I’m not saying they’re not out there – just I haven’t come across them.
“Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover that love is not an easy thing to measure.”
The story is wonderful, simple and one for the children to follow and interact with. It’s repetitive, making it a great read with little ones:
“I love you as high as I can reach,” said Little Nutbrown Hare.
I love you as high as I can reach,” said Big Nutbrown Hare.
We’ve been reading this little gem for quite some time, it’s especially great for bed time. At the end of the book, Little Nutbrown Hare is still trying to think of ways to measure love, and dreamily drifts off to sleep in his bed of leaves: “I love you right up to the MOON,” he said, and closed his eyes.”
It’s hard to believe that Guess How Much I Love You was originally published in 1994. We have the board book edition and it has a beautiful gold shiny stamp on the front cover signifying it’s 20 Year anniversary.
The quote on the back of the books says:
The perfect book to snuggle up with and read together.
And I couldn’t agree more!