Guess How Much I Love You

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Sentimental bunny tale tugs on the heartstrings.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

This children's book follows a warm father-son relationship that mirrors a true friendship. Little and Big Nutbrown Hare share a special bond that demonstrates the boundlessness of genuine love.

Positive role models

Father-son relationship demonstrates the friendship aspect of familial love. This book encourages readers to continue to maintain this natural affection with the possibility of it spreading beyond family members to friends and others around them.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that delicately hued watercolors skillfully convey the simple tale's tender message. The father and son's antics, as they attempt to outdo each other, tickle funny bones. This very gentle book is perfect for cuddly bedtime reading.

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What's the story?

I love you as high as I can reach! A young rabbit and his father answer the timeless question of "how do I love thee?" Handstands and hops abound as father and son search for the very best way to express their love. A sweet, simple story and smile-provoking watercolors leave readers feeling warm and cozy.

Is it any good?


The combination of Sam McBratney's moving text and Anita Jeram's winsome illustrations is enchanting. This sentimental tale gives a good tug on the heartstrings without descending into sentimentality. Gentle humor and a pervading sense of love dominate the pages.

McBratney communicates his message in simple, kid-friendly terms. Big Nutbrown Hare's expansive responses to his son's declarations depict the unconditional love parents have for their children. Young readers will respond to the story's humor as Little Nutbrown Hare's pronouncements become more extravagant and exuberant. And Jeram's detailed portrayals of father and son rabbits are filled with tenderness, right down to the tiniest details: the angle of the ears, the simple gestures, and facial expressions. Her use of soft shaded watercolors keeps the book's mood mellow and calm -- ideal for bedtime reading.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about when they need hugs and reassurance. Do you like hugs before daycare and before bed? 

  • How do hugs make you feel better?

Book details

Author:Sam McBratney
Illustrator:Anita Jeram
Genre:Family Life
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Candlewick Press
Publication date:January 1, 1996
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):2 - 4

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Parent of a 2 year old Written bysmi34563 June 26, 2009

Great snuggle read before naps and bedtime

Message of love between family members... Cute competition between parent & child to say who loves whom the most.

What other families should know
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Parent of a 4, 9, 12, and 14 year old Written bydeann22666 June 30, 2009
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 3, 5, and 7 year old Written byEurĂŞka5 December 30, 2009

A classic in our home

All my children loved this book...

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