A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
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.
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.
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.
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