Guess How Much I love You?

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Guess How Much I Love You  By Sam McBratneyGuess How Much I love You?‘ is a delightful little picture book for young children. It tells the story of Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare who both love each other very much. In fact, they love each other SO much that they find it difficult to describe just how much so they enter into a little guessing game with each other!

It all starts when Little Nutbrown Hare is getting ready for bed and before he goes he wants to make sure that Big Nutbrown Hare knows how much he loves him. So he lifts up the big hare’s ears and whispers ‘guess how much I love you?’ to which the bigger hare replies that he couldn’t possibly do that. So, in response Little Nutbrown Hare shows him by stretching his little arms as wide as he can and saying ‘this much!’ Big Nutbrown Hare responds by showing him that he also loves him that much by also stretching his arms as wide as they can go. Of course, his arms are longer so it looks like more!

Not to be outdone, Little Nutbrown Hare keeps thinking of other ways that can show how much he loves Big Nutbrown Hare. He stands on his toes and reaches as high as he can; he stands upside down and claims that he loves him all the way up to his toes; he hops and hops to show him how much he loves him! For everything Little Nutbrown Hare says and shows though, Big Nutbrown’s efforts are always higher or further!

Finally, Little Nutbrown Hare stares into space and states that:

‘I love you right up to the MOON!’

which seems as far as you can possibly get! With this he is ready to settle down for the night, safe in the knowledge that nothing can surpass his amount of love! That is until, Big Nutbrown Hare replies:

I love you right up to the Moon – and back!’

I really enjoy reading this story with my daughter because it really is a gentle love story. I believe in lots of kisses and cuddles and ‘I love yous!’ with my children so this story is right up our street. As a consequence of reading this book, my daughter delights in telling all her family how much she loves them – which is great fun especially when we have to do it back!

The illustrations in this book are very effective too! Both hares have very expressive faces and their actions help to reinforce the message in the story.

I also think the actual dialogue is very effective too. It is quite simple in the words but very reminiscent of the type of conversations I have with my daughters so we can all relate to them.

‘Guess How Much I Love You?’ is written by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram.

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My name is Jo and I have been married to Simon for nine years. We have two beautiful daughters – Rachel who is six and Natalie who is almost five and starting school in January. I also have two step children aged twenty one and seventeen so family life is never dull. I also manage to work three days for a local education authority where I support the teaching of literacy in primary schools. I love my job and it’s ideal for a book lover like me. In my spare time I run, dance and occasionally tread the boards with my local amateur dramatics group. My first love is reading though and you will never find me without a book on the go. My husband is also an avid reader and we are hoping to pass on our love of reading to our daughters. They certainly love their bedtime stories every night. Although I have and English degree and I am familiar with most of the classics, I generally read much lighter stuff these days. It’s mainly ‘chic lit’ but I also enjoy a good thriller or courtroom drama. I have so many favourite authors and this list tends to change regularly depending on what I am reading.

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