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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.
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What's the story?
Based on the best-selling picture book by Sam McBratney, GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU brings the world of Little Nutbrown Hare to life for preschoolers. Set amid the bucolic rolling hills and grassy fields of the Hare family's home, the stories take shape as Little Nutbrown Hare (voiced by Matthew Jacob Wayne) and his friends Little Grey Squirrel (Stuart Allan) and Little Field Mouse (Allie Carlton) explore their surroundings and learn about nature, listen to stories from Little White Owl (Michaela Dean), and make new discoveries about their world and themselves. No matter what new adventures mark each day, though, each evening finds the little rabbit drifting off to sleep in his father's arms, secure in the knowledge of Big Nutbrown Hare's (Kirk Thornton) love for him.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Little Nutbrown Hare's relationship with his dad in Guess How Much I Love You. Why do you think they're so close? How do they express their love for each other? How do you feel when you're around your family?
Kids: What do the characters learn about nature? Who do they turn to when they have questions? Are they ever disappointed in what they discover? How does their home differ from yours?
Parents and kids can talk about how the Guess How Much I Love You series compares to the book. Do you think the animation looks like what you see in the book? Do you like the characters they added for the show? What other books would you like to see made into TV shows?
- Premiere date: August 31, 2012
- Cast: Kirk Thornton, Matthew Jacob Wayne, Stuart Allan
- Network: Disney Junior
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Adventures, Book Characters, Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Wild Animals
- Character strengths: Gratitude
- TV rating: NR
- Available on: DVD, Streaming
- Last updated: September 21, 2019
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