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Guess How Much I Love You

Endearing book-inspired series centers on curiosity, love.

What parents need to know

Educational value

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.

Positive messages

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

  • How do the characters in Guess How Much I Love You demonstrate gratitude? Why is this an important character strength?

TV details

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

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Teen, 13 years old Written byMegan M. March 11, 2013

Love it!

This is one of my favorite shows ever! It's not just for preschoolers, I love it so much but everyone says I'm too old to watch it because I'm 13. This tv show can touch anyone.
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Parent Written bydewfactor February 19, 2013

Character driven problem solving

We started watching this show by accident, because our son adores the book on which the series is (loosely) based, and continued watching because the show has great messages for little children learning how to interact with non-family members, including friends and strangers. Little Nut Brown Hare and his friends encounter various obstacles, frustrating and otherwise, and figure out how to problem-solve, in two episodes per half-hour show (this is great, btw, because if you record the show, you can dole out the halves in manageable 15-minute increments, allowing you to feel virtuous and in control) (both of which are illusory in our case, but we'll take what we can get). Big Nut Brown Hare is there mainly to articulate what has happened, or to answer questions, but the emphasis is on the little woodland creatures' ability to make sense of the challenges they face, in a preschooler-appropriate context, with age-appropriate vocabulary and concepts. The animation is nice, and the music is sweet.
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Parent of a 5 and 7 year old Written byloved February 27, 2015
I stumbled upon the books by chance one Easter, many years ago. And then one day found my eldest son watching this on Disney Jr. It reminded me of Little Bear, in that the characters are named after their respective species. But also in that the program is very peaceful, and great programming in the late hours, early hours, or even a lazy afternoon. A mother figure is not present, but is sort of substituted through the character of Blue Bird, who offers maternal-like advice to Little Nutbrown Hare and friends. Other parental figures include, Big Nutbrown Hare, a relaxed father, and Little White Owl, an allegorical storyteller. The program fills out its 11-12 minutes episode span rather briskly.
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