A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While there's no bookish learning, the stories do lay the groundwork for preschoolers' desire to learn through characters who are curious about what's around them. Kids see Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends discover new things or ask new questions and set out to learn more about the subjects, which, if nothing else, shows kids the value of wanting to learn.
Little Nutbrown Hare's adventures inspire curiosity and wonder about the world while also promoting strong messages about gratitude, friendship, and family bonds. Each story is set against the beautiful backdrop of the animals' home, and the characters' expeditions always offer lessons to be learned. Love is the show's unifying theme, relating to Little Nutbrown Hare's feelings about his friends, his home, and especially his father.
Positive Role Models
Big Nutbrown Hare is a wonderful role model for his son, encouraging him to ask questions and answering each one in a reassuring way. For kids, he represents the safety they find at home with their own grown-ups. For adults, he's a great reminder of the consistency and open affection that inspires a feeling of comfort in kids.
Products & Purchases
Few families aren't familiar with the classic kids' book on which the show is based, but if yours is one of them, you'll be inclined to give it a read. Little Nutbrown Hare's face also graces the likes of clothing, toys, and baby products.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Guess How Much I Love You is an endearing preschool series based on the picture book of the same name by Sam McBratney. Thanks to its sweet messages about love and friendship, it's a wonderful choice for sharing with little kids. You don't have to be familiar with the book to fall in love with the characters, especially the ever-curious Little Nutbrown Hare, who leads his friends in all kinds of adventures to discover nature's secrets in their forest home. Preschoolers will get a lot out of the show: inspiration to ask their own questions about the world and its workings, reminders of the joys of having friends to share life's journeys, and especially positive messages about family in the form of Little Nutbrown Hare's loving reunions with his father at the end of each day.
Is It Any Good?
This series will have immediate appeal for anyone who's been touched by McBratney's stirring words in his classic story about the love between parent and child. Happily, Guess How Much I Love You stays true to the book's watercolor-style animation, giving the impression that the characters have just hopped off the pages onto the screen. The show's unhurried pace and simple stories are a treat for both parents and preschoolers, which makes this a great option for cuddle time with your kid.
Of course, little of the show's emotional aspect will hit kids' radar; instead, they'll probably focus on the gentle characters and their adventures, which send them out into their world in search of answers to their many questions. "What does spring smell like?" "Why do the flowers bloom?" "Can I touch the stars?" No doubt your own preschoolers have their own set of such queries, and in Little Nutbrown Hare and his companions, they'll find kindred spirits for their virtual explorations of his world -- and, with your help, could be inspired to set off on real ones within their own community.
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