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I used to volunteer in a children's day nursery for the under 5s. Without doubt one of the favourite books there at story time every afternoon was Guess How Much I Love You. I had not come across it before because I do not have children of my own but it must be a huge seller. I soon realised that most of the little ones had a copy of the story at home. I have since bought a copy for my best friend's toddler daughter. She later got one from someone else too. So it must be so popular.
The story concerns an adult bunny trying to sum up in a way that can easily be understood just how much a baby bunny is loved by them. Various different ways of expressing it are used and all of them are charming. Guess How Much I Love You is one of those books that seem to create a lovely atmosphere. The two and three year olds that I mainly read it to asked to hear it again and again. They would all go quiet when it was read and want to cuddle up to one another in a sweet way.
It is one of those books that adults like to read to children as much as children want to hear it. When older children came in for the after school session some of them liked to read the story to the younger ones. The language is quite simple so this makes it possible. The illustrations are classic and in soft colours.
I do recommend this book to anyone with small children. It makes a great gift. I would say find it in hardback though because the paperback will soon get tatty. This is because in my experience the book will be so well thumbed.
Guess how much I love you is one of the books my daughter received for her third birthday. I was fed up with toys taking over the house and asked some relatives to buy books for presents instead and she received a great deal of good quality story books that are the next step up for the character and board books she mainly had previously.
Guess how much I love you is written by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram. It's a paperback book and measures approximately 22cm x 22cm. It contains 24 pages in total.
The story starts with Little Nutbrown Hare who is being put to bed by Big Nutbrown Hare. Little Nutbrown Hare wanted Big Nutbrown Hare to know just how much he loves him and continues to stretch his arms out wide showing how much he loves him, Big Nutbrown Hare then goes on to stretch his arms even further. The book continues on with Little Nutbrown Hare trying to show Big Nutbrown Hare he loves him the most and he can't out do Big Nutbrown Hare until the end of the book. The story finishes with Little Nutbrown Hare going to sleep when he says 'I love you right up to the moon!' then Big Nutbrown Hare whispers 'I love you right upto the moon - AND BACK!'
The story is quite simple with only a few words on each page but the words used are really effective. I like the way that Little and Big Nutbrown Hare are always competing to be the one that loves the other the most. It is written in a good way and provokes a variety of emotions. The illustrations are beautiful and help to tell the story in a good way, they match the text and show the hares going about how they love eachother the most. The colours used are easy on the eye and it's easy to work out what each picture is trying to say.
My daughter loves this book and often giggles along at the hares trying to out do eachother. Although the actual storyline is quite basic it's quite a powerful book and my daughter often refers to it when she tells me she loves me 'this much' whilst stretching out her arms. It's not one we read all that often but it gets chosen as a bedtime story atleast once a week as it's quite gentle.
I'd definitely recommend this book to children of all ages, the message it portrays is lovely. It holds my daughters attention and she likes to point out little things from the story.
It's hard to express to kids sometimes exactly what love means and how do you show them that you love them and how do they understand it, but I think this book does a really good job of putting love into perspective and just how far we would go for our kids and just how much we love them. THe book says, "Sometimes when you love someone very, very much, you want to tell them how great your feelings are. But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not an easy thing to measure."
Guess how much I love you is a lovely little tale and the story of Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare. Big Nutbrown Hare is daddy to Little Nutbrown Hare and they are having a talk before Little Nutbrown Hare goes to bed. Little Nutbrown Hare wants to tell his dad just how much he loves him and he stretches his arms out as far as he can and says he loves his this much but then his dad stretches his arms out as far as they go, which is much further than Little Nutbrown Hare and tells him he loves him this much. They go on like this throughout the book saying, "I love you as high as I can reach," or I love you all the way up to my toes (whilst handing upside down)," finally with Big Nutbrown Hare saying he loves his son, "right up to the moon and back."
There are some wonderful sentiments in this book and its a lovely book to read to little ones as I think it makes them feel safe and loved. We have incorporated this into our little night time routine and actually during the day as well and we have changed it a little bit, saying things like, "I love you more than all the grains of sand on the beach," and things like that.
The illustrations in this book are really beautiful as well. They are colour pencil drawings which are quite simple and feature just an image of both the hare's as well as a little bit of scenery such as trees and grass. They are simple and then the text is written quite plainly through the pictures so it works quite well visually too. The hares look quite realistic and you can see that they are a hare instead of a rabbit as they have the traditional long bodies and different ears as well.
The book is written by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram. We have the hardback version, ISBN 978-0744581898 by Walker Books.
Guess how much I love you is written by the genius Sam McBratney and beautifully illustrated by Anita Jeram.
After picking up cheap copies of Guess How Much I Love You in The Spring / Summer I decided to buy my son the original story and picked up a copy for £4.99 at Waterstones. I opted for the board book version as my son is still young.
I have read to my son since birth and at 21 months he absolutely loves books, whether looking at them alone or snuggling up together to read. Guess How Much I Love You is one of his favourites, he loves reaching his arms out to the side and stretching up to the sky just as the hares do in the story. The illustrations definitely catch his attention and he giggles along at the bouncing hares. The chunky board pages also make it very easy for my son to look at this book alone, the pages are easy for him to turn and very sturdy, the book is still looking quite new after a few months in the hands of a toddler! The book is the perfect size and very easy for my son to hold but not so small that the text or illustrations are affected.
Guess How Much I Love you is a beautiful story of two hares trying to prove they love the other one more, with the older hare always outdoing the younger hare as, of course, the older hare can stretch his arms further and bounce higher! Little Nutbrown Hare thinks he has finally sused it when he notices how far away the moon is and decides to compare the distance of the moon to the amount of love he has for Big Nutbrown Hare.
I love this story as much as my son, I think it's a brilliant bedtime story, I always read my son a few books each night and this is often on the pile, and when it is I always save it for last. I think it's a great end to our bedtime routine and as Big Nutbrown Hare kisses Little Nutbrown Hare goodnight I do the same to my son, whispering in his ear "I love you right up to the moon - and back."
I brought this book for my son after reading it in the library. I think it's a beautiful book with a great meaning.
The Book is a relatively thin paperback book but I believe it can be purchased in hardback also. On the front cover is a small illustration of the older and younger hares the rest of the cover has mainly writing of the title and authors name. The background is a pale yellow colour, not eye catching at all but works.
Guess How Much I Love You is written by Sam McBratney this is the only book of this author I have read and it's a delight to read. The story is of how Little Nutbrown Hare (Baby Hare) expresses to Big Nutbrown Hare (Daddy Hare) just how much he loves him. The hares attempted to do this in a few ways by spreading their arms wide, reaching for the sky. Little hare starts getting tired after all his conveying of love and thinks he wins when by saying he "I love you right to the moon!" then Big Nutbrown Hare replies by saying "I love you right to the moon ...and back again"
Many children's book I have read convey the message of how much Mum's love their children so I thought this book was a refreshing change to express a Daddy's love.
The illustrations are soft, subtle and relevant to the story my niece loves this book and enjoys the pictures as much as the story. This is a very readable book and one which I don't think I will tire of.
This book really touches my heart and spreads a lovely message of a Daddy's love.
As a mum of 2 daughters, 5 years and 21 months, I am always on the look out for good bedtime story books - preferably ones that both my girls will enjoy. When my youngest was little we were given Guess How Much I love You one year as a Christmas present, and it became a firm favourite at bedtimes. I have just introduced my youngest too it, nod she loves it just as much.
The story revolves around 2 hares - Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown hare - parent and child! They are going home together after a day of fun and exploring, and Little Nutbrown Hare wants to try and tell Big Nutbrown Hare how much he loves him. He makes lots of grand gesture statements - like I love you as far as I can reach, to the tips of my feet, to the moon etc. Big Nutbrown Hare always comes back with an even BIGGER gesture of how much he loves Little Nutbrown Hare. At the end however, Big Nutbrown Hare relents and lets Little Nutbrown Hare think he has won the "guess how much I love you" game and lets him go to sleep on the final word. Only after Little Nutbrown Hare is asleep does Big Nutbrown Hare explain that he loves him EVEN more.
This book has a really beautiful sentiment, is illustrated in delightful, muted tones, and makes an absolutely perfect bedtime story book. It is relaxed, loving and not too exciting at bedtime. All in all I would rate this as one of our all time favourite classic bedtime stories, one which I am sure will continue to be loved and asked for at bedtime for years to come.
A book to tug at the heartstrings, this is lovely for children from a very early age. A "call and response" style where Little Nutbrown Hare tries to express the size of his love for Big Nutbrown Hare, and vice versa, the book can be read with actions showing what the characters are doing, or in a gentle bedtime style. Anita Jeram's illustrations bring to life a balmy countryside evening and the story centres on Little Nutbrown Hare going to bed, so very much a book for the end of the day. The message of the book is that Little Nutbrown Hare can never love as much as he is loved, a sentiment with which parents will identify (and may bring a tear to the eye if you're feeling emotional!). A good clear font makes the book appropriate for children reading to themselves, but I would say that this is a book to read to your little ones, and it only takes a couple of minutes from start to finish. A good addition to any baby's bookshelves.
I bought this book for my oldest son when he was about 3. It was our special and most treasured book and a must read virtually every night. (At 18 he still remembers the book and has special memories of it.)
14 years later I revived it for my second son. He loves the story just as much and it's our "special book" at bedtimes.
At four, he still tells me how much he loves me and how far the moon is away and he loves me all that way (and back). How can that not deserve a big kiss and a huge hug?
The story is about Little Nut Brown Hare telling Big Nut Brown Hare how much he loves him, with Big Nut Brown Hare telling him he loves him even more, using distance as a measure of love.
Not only is this a beautiful story with wonderful illustrations, by reading it, your child can actually understand the concept of love and that however much they love you, you can give them an example of loving them even more.
My first grandson, will be getting this for his first birthday in a few months time and I can't wait to read it to him.
If I could only buy a child one book, this would be it.
Guess how much I love you is one of the books that I came across whilst working as a nursery nurse before I had my son and I just knew that it would be one that I had to buy for him when he arrived. In fact I think he ended up with it in miniature form, normal sized and a huge book as well-though they weren't all bought by me!
The book guess how much I love you was first published in 1994 and is written by Sam Mc Bratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram. My version that I am reviewing today is a paper back but the front cover does feel very tough and has with stood being ready many times over the years and still looks in perfect condition. The front cover shows pictures of a little brown hare and a bit brown hare in the middle and it has the words guess how much I love you too. The edges of the front cover are different pastel colours and make the book look really nice and neutral, yet appealing.
The book tells the story of little nutbrown hare and big nutbrown hare as they discuss their love for each other as parent and child I think. Little nutbrown hare begins by saying "Guess how much I love you?" and big nutbrown hare saying he can't possibly guess. Little nutbrown hare proceeds to stretch his arms as far as he can and says "I love you this much" but of course big nutbrown hare can stretch his arms even further and so can say he loves little nutbrown hare even more. This theme goes on in different forms before finally just before drifting off to sleep little nutbrown hare thinks hard and says "I love you to the moon" which is obviously a lot! Big nutbrown hare allows him to fall asleep before saying "I love you to the moon-and back."
Even typing this review makes me smile as I am thinking of the story and I have to say I absolutely adore this book. I think is it so sweet and I think it is something that any parent can relate to when they think of their children. I have read this book often with my son and he will stretch out his arms or jump as high as he can and say "I love you this much" in a way of imitating the book in showing love. When I am tucking him in at night so often he will say "I love you to the moon and back" and it really does melt your heart! I have no issues in showing my son how much I love him and vice versa but I feel that this is a perfect book to share with your child at bedtime as I do think it helps to generate a feeling of closeness!
The illustrations in the book are just lovely too despite the fact that we are mainly just seeing pictures of the two hares in fields and things. The illustrator does an excellent job of portraying the closeness of the hares with the pictures and as such make them so inviting and nice to look at.
The book is an average length for a children's book with 32 pages but what is nice is the text is quite a large font and so it makes it easier for young readers to have a go at reading the book independently which is something my son likes to do.
I am sure that you can already tell that I give this book my full recommendation as I can honestly not find a single fault with it at all and I feel it is certainly one of the best children's books out there. You can pick up this book from amazon for £2.69 which is a bargain price and I would thoroughly recommend that you do buy it if you have children!
Thank you for reading my review!
*Why I wanted to purchase a bedtime book*
My daughter is two and a half and loves books, she has many books and always brings me many books a day to read to her. She loves to listen and pretend she is reading as well as looking at the pictures, while learning new phrases and words.
My daughter has been in her big bed now for three weeks and I decided this was a great opportunity to read her a bedtime book; it relaxes her and also me after a long hard day. It is also a great routine and she knows after the book has been read it is then cuddles, kisses and lights out.
It has been reported that one in ten families never read to their children at bedtime. The lack of bedtime stories has said it could affect children's brain development, attention span and behaviour patterns later on in life.
Any books also help your children with their imagination, helps to extend their vocabulary as they can put words to pictures and vice versa.
It is also a good time for cuddles and bring the bond back to you both after a busy day.
*All about the book*
Guess How Much I Love You is written by Sam McBratney and all illustrations are beautifully done by Anita Jeram. It was published in 2001 and has since sold over £16,000,000 copies.
This book come as a hardback and is smaller than what I was expecting it to be even though it is a miniature book. The book measures 5 inches height, 4.2 inches width and 1 millimetre in width.
The back of the book states "Love is not an easy thing to measure" and this is a tell tale sign on the story inside.
*What does the front of the book look like?*
The front of the book sees a lovely picture of two rabbits, a mother (Big Nutbrown Hare) and her baby (Little Nutbrown Hare) with the baby hanging onto her dad's ears while looking at each other lovingly. With a white background Guess How Much is written at the top and is coloured in a lovely blue and I Love You is below the illustration and is in a warm red. The border around the book is in shades of yellow, peach, green and sky blue.
*Story of the book*
The book is based entirely on two characters, Big and Little Nutbrown Hare. Little Nutbrown Hare is on his way to bed but he wanted to tell Big Nutbrown Hare just how much he was loved. He does this by demonstrating with beautiful illustrations and a guess game between them both such as pulling down on Big Nutbrown Hare's ears and shouting, stretching as much as he can, reaching as high as he can, as much as he can hop, but unfortunately he fails at them all as Big Nutbrown Hare can do all these with greater height so in Little's eyes Big has more love.
In the end Little remarks "I love you right up to the MOON" and as Little falls asleep Big says softly "I love you up to the moon and back".
The illustrations inside the book are soft and sweet, perfect for bedtime as it is easy on little eyes ready to bed.
*What I think about it/do I like it?*
I like how this book shows the love for a parent to a child and vice versa while on his way to bed, it show's laughter, humour and love. I like the way it is easy to understand for my daughter and she can relate to the book.
*Does my daughter like it?*
I find this book is easy for her to understand and even though she can't speak properly yet when I read to her she tries to read with me and picks words out that I say and point to the pictures and say what it is. When I have finished reading I always get a 'again' afterwards.
*Is there anything for my daughter to learn?*
Bedtime is a time for cuddles, quality time and for her to learn about books, learn new words, to see the pictures and match the words to them so with that in mind I would say although it is a lovely bedtime book I think it is also educational.
*Price and availability*
I bought it from Amazon for as little as £1.00 but the recommend RRP is stated as £1.99 as it is a miniature book.
The ISBN Number is 0-7445-8189-3
*Would I recommend this book?*
Without a shadow of doubt I would recommend this book, great for a quality bedtime read.
My daughter recieved this book as a Christmas gift from her nursery school teacher a few years ago. The teacher told Mackenna that she had picked this book out especially for her, which I thought was a lovely heartfelt gesture. We have loved this book ever since.
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney is the delightful story of how Little Nutbrown Hare tries to convey to Big Nutbrown Hare just how much he loves him. On reading you will find out that it is not an easy task to measure how much you love someone.
What this book looks at is the basic question, how much do you love me? And in return how much do I love you? I don't think it is necessarily concerned with the competition that develops between Little Hare and Big Hare and who loves who the most, I feel that it is more in relation to how vast their love for one and other actually is.
If you stop to think about it, could you put it into adequate words, that describe how strong, deep and real your feeling of love is for your children? I struggle to find the words powerful enough to express the depth of love I have, so this book is ideal to help your child understand that although words sometimes fail, you love your child with all your heart.
The illustrations are lovely, and complement the story well, but do not take over the focus. I know my daughter enjoys the illustrations, but loves the actual story more.
We read this together most nights just before lights out, and we always end with our version of how much we love each other.
A great story for bedtimes, any times really, and I guarantee it will become a family favourite.
This is possibly the nicest, sweetest baby book I have ever read.
I was bought this as a gift, on the birth of my daughter 4 years ago and have been reading it regularly to her and her siblings ever since.,
Guess How Much I Love You is a board book, about 6 inches wide, by 5 inches tall and about 1 inch thick. It is 20 pages long.
The front cover has a pastel drawing of a big hare and a little hare pulling on it's ears.
The back of the book has a quick description of the story and another picture of the 2 hares - showing the little one riding on the big one's back.
The story introduces us to Little Nutbrown Hare, who is being put to bed by Big Nutbrown Hare.
Little Nutbrown Hare is trying to explain to Big Nutbrown Hare just how much he loves him, e.g. I love you as high as I can hop/ as far as I an reach/ all the way up to my toes.
Each time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how big his love is, Big Nutbrown Hare shows him that his love is just as far or high reaching.
The story ends with Little Nutbrown Hare being tucked into bed, whilst Big Nutbrown Hare leans over and whispers to him the he loves him to the moon and back again.
The drawings are lovely - soft and gentle, so compliment the story perfectly.
I really enjoyed reading this to my children when they were tiny babies as it so perfectly sums up how you feel about them. I still enjoy reading it to my older children now that they actually understand the story.
The full retail price of this book is £4.99, but it can usually be bought cheaper. It's a sturdy book and even with repeated chewing by teething babies, my copy is still going strong.
This is a wonderful classic book that young children will love.
Guess how much I love you is such a sweet and soft book that should belong in any young child's collection. It shows that you just cannot measure how much you love someone. What is also good is that it is between father and son (although never mentions that, we have assumed it, he could be a big brother) rather than a mother.
Little Nutbrown Hare is holding on to Big Nutbrown Hare as he is being taken to bed and they start a conversation about how much they love each other. Little Hare shows it by stretching his arms outwards or upwards, or bouncing but daddy is that much bigger and so can stretch and bounce just a little bit more. Each time Little Hare tries to think of doing something bigger and better. As little hare falls asleep he says 'I love you to the moon' thinking that Big hare cannot beat that but he whispers and kisses Little Hare 'I love you to the moon... and back'
The illustrations are truly lovely being coloured in pastel type colours for softness to reflect the softness of the story. It reminds me of Beatrix Potter. It is done on a small board book and so it is robust for even the smallest and roughest child and just the right size for them to hold.
This is a great bedtime story as it is can be read in a soft calm voice and can be used as part of a routine with your child at bedtime so you can play out the game as well, which I often did with my children and your child can go to sleep knowing that they are loved to the moon and back.
The story is simple but is very clear in its statement of the love the two hares share for each other and this gives you the opportunity to do the same with your child.
The story is written by Mr Sam McBratney (who I had always thought was a woman author) and illustrated by Anita Jeram. It was first published in 1994 and has recently been added to with stories such as Guess how much I love you in the Spring, Summer etc and all year round. He has also written another favourite of mine -You're all my favourites.
There is also now a board game related to the book which comes with the book and an animated version of the story. Also on Amazon there is a gift pack including the book (hardcover), with matching card, gift card and wrapping paper for £3.46 and would make a wonderful gift for someone's first few years birthday.
Overall I recommend this book for any young child.
Guess How Much I Love You is a fabulous story for ALL years!! I love reading this story to my son and he loves it too. The story is based on a young hare and his parent (nor sure whether its his mum or dad actually!) and their loving relationship.
From beginning to the end the two are trying to see who loves each other more, by the use of stretching arms, standing with their legs up in the air etc. In the end the parental hare wins the loving banter by claiming he loves the little hare from the moon and back again... outdoing the baby hare as he only claimed he loved his parent to the moon.
You can purchase this book in a variety of sizes, also hardback and soft back. I have this book in a supersize version which is actually quite difficult to flip the pages, and transport!.
The story has some lovely illustrations which match the soft nature of the book.
You should be able to purchase this story from most book stores, I got mine from a local "works" shop at around £5.00, well worth every single penny.
This book is also very popular in schools, so give your child that headstart ;)
This is such a sweet book. I bought this board book for my 2 year old daughter Eve. She doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to story books, having ripped many pages from her older brother's books, destruction is her middle name. Though, spying this in a local book store I figured this would withstand her destructive nature as it's a pretty solid board book.
"Guess How Much I Love You" is published by Walker Books who publish many popular children's stories including "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" and the "Where's Wally" books.
It is written by Sam McBratney, a retired teacher from Ireland who has won many awards for his children's books including this one and "You're All My Favourites".
This book has quickly become one of my favourites, it is a sweet and sentimental book that focuses on parental love. The book features just two characters, Little Nutbrown Hare (son) and Big Nutbrown Hare (father) and revolves around Little Hare trying to express just how much he loves Big Hare.
He expresses his love figuratively, by using his arms - opening them as wide as possible to show how vast his love is for his father, but Big Hare replies by doing the same which disappoints his son because his fathers arms are longer.
And so Little Hare thinks of new ways to express his love but of course, each time he is outdone by his father. In the end, Little Hare sleepy with all the thinking announces, 'I love you right up to the moon' and falls asleep. The scene closes with Big Hare kissing his son goodnight and saying 'I love you right up to the moon - and back.' This ending never fails to make me smile.
It is illustrated by Anita Jeram, and the illustrations are truly beautiful, they focus around nature and are in mostly light greens and browns. They are quite simplistic in style, which works well with the theme and makes the story feel honest and almost intimate.
The story is essentially a depiction of how a child sees love measured by physical means, having to map out the size of his love to show his father. When in reality, the parent that reads this book with their child will agree that a parent's love can know no bounds - there's nothing in this world that come close.
All in all, I'd definitely recommend this book....everyone with young children should own a copy. I love it so much and i'm so glad it's a boardbook that will survive my daughter's destructive nature!
Happy reading x