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Guess How Much I Love You (Little Nutbrown Hare / Mały brązowy zajączek)

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Little readers can love the Nutbrown Hares from spring to summer to fall to winter--and back--with this gorgeous collection of four sweet stories.
Little Nutbrown Hare has lots of questions when growing things start to sprout in the spring--and wonders what he will turn into one day. By summer, he notices colors everywhere, but there's one that he's sure he likes best. The...more
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Published October 1st 2011 by Walker & Company (first published January 1st 1994)
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Tracy
This is THE best bedtime story, in my opinion. It was a nightly ritual for my first daughter, and it holds a very special place in our hearts. When it says that the dad bunny leans down and kisses the little one's head, Leah would always lean down and kiss the picture. The page became a little scummy from kiddie goo, and it's PRECIOUS! I will forever cherish my little girl's kisses in the book.
Chad
May 02, 2008 Chad rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fathers
One of the only books I can read to my daughter where the adult in the book is a male. Most of the books have no men or relegate the father to support-staff roles.

Having said that, the book is really a testosterone-fueled look at the competitive indoctrination of little boys.

Paraphrase of text:

Kid: I love you as million.

Dad: I love you a billion.

Kid: Can't you let me win once?

Dad: Only when you surpass my strength, then I will live vicariously through you.


Despite this shortcoming, the illustr...more
G Miller
Okay this is my favorite book in the whole wide world, so I was surprised to see the number of less than favorable reviews.

To the guy that thinks (and I use that word liberally) that this book is a allegory for socialism, really? I mean really???? Really?????

To everyone else that thinks this book is about a "game of one-upsmanship" or it has a "undercurrent of competition between the parent and the child", You guys could not be more wrong.

Is upsmanship even really a word?

This book is about the n...more
Mia Queen
Setiap ayah yang punya anak harus membaca buku ini! Sweet bahkan saat saya menceritakan inti cerita kepada ayah, sampai berkaca-kaca sendiri :p

Intinya tentang percakapan anak kelinci yang ingin memamerkan dirinya kepada sang ayah betapa ia mencintainya. Sang anak melompat. Cintaku sebesar lompatanku! Ayah melompat lebih tinggi. Anak tidak kehilangan akal ia membentangkan tangannya, eh ternyata tangan ayah lebih panjang juga. Begitu terus sampai malam menjelang dan sang anak selalu kalah. Akhirny...more
Mike Spinak
This may be my least favorite children's book that I've read to the kids. Even worse than the highly commercialized children's books devoid of any value which are made for nothing but the tie-ins to TV shows and toy sales. Guess How Much I Love You turns loving each other into a competition - and one where the child can never win against the parent. I like the idea of parent and child loving each other a lot, but this is so, so wrong of a way to communicate that theme. I found it unpleasant and...more
Airiz C
A shot of insulin, please! Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You has lots of saccharine in it—but not to a point it’s cloying, just something that a dreamland-bound kid would surely enjoy. See, there’s no plot of any kind, just a pair of adorable, furry hares (I think they’re father and son) engaging in an equally cute contest on who loves the other more. Anita Jeram’s illustrations are perfectly endearing. I heard there’s a collection of this, and kid or not—geez I just turned twenty!—I’ll...more
Katrina
Can't the parent just let the kid win one? Even after kid falls asleep, the parent has to one-up the frustrated, exhausted child. Go pick on someone your own size!
Ryan
I love this book to the moon and back. Also I love my mommy as much as the moon and back.
Kathryn
This is a sweet story where the big bunny (maybe a daddy bunny?--nice touch as there are relatively few books with dads) and the little bunny try to express how much they love one another. The ending phrase seemed a bit trite but perhaps it's because I have heard the phrase so much now, on everything from t-shirts to wall art, that it seems cliche. Not sure if this book was the first one to use it...?
Angela
Nice illustrations. But the tone of the book doesn't strike me as particularly nice. I've known people who always have to win, and they're generally not pleasant to be around. The father figure's need to get in the last word even after the son is asleep reminds me of those unpleasant people, and makes me want to avoid this book.
Tara Mullan
Oct 20, 2011 Tara Mullan added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 5-7 year olds
There was a little hare called Nut brown. He wanted to make sure that big Nutbrown hare was always listening to how much he loved him . Guess how much i love you he said, as big Nutbrown could not guess little nutbrown showed him as he stretched his arms out as wide as he could. Big nutbrown stretched his arms out longer showing how much he loved him. Little nutbrown wished he had arms that long.
So little Nutbrown stretched up high showing how much he loved big Nutbrown. Big Nutbrown did the sa...more
PurplyCookie
Little Nutbrown Hare, enjoying a ride on his Papa's back, wants to be sure that his father is listening--so he says, "Guess how much I love you!" the result is a sweet, lighthearted, loving banter as father and son strive to describe the size of their love for each other--thinking bigger and bigger as the book goes on! The father and son bounce off of each other and encourage each other to be increasingly imaginative. Big Nutbrown Hare is quietly amazed by his son's big thinking and his counter...more
Liam Mernagh
‘Guess How Much I Love You’ is an illustrated book written by Sam McBratney about two Nutbrown hares, little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare. Little Nutbrown Hare poses the intriguing question to Big Nutbrown Hare, ‘Guess how much I love you.’ This results in the two hares using larger and larger measures to assert how much they love each other. This is a great read for all children ranging from 2 to 8. This book can be read as a reading exercise for some children in class with teachers but...more
Mairi
The sinister tale of a dysfunctional father son relationship. In the intense family unit at the heart of this narrative, the natural bond of love between parent and offspring becomes twisted into a subject ripe for competition. This can only be described as a masterpiece of the misery memoir, meticulously detailing the pain of early childhood with narcissistic care givers.
Ricki
We read this three times today because Henry seemed to really love it. It is a warm story about a mama rabbit and baby rabbit discussing how much they love each other. :)
Emma
At risk of offending, I kind of really hate this smug Daddy trying to compete with his son the whole time. Why is it so important to him to show his son that he's bigger and more powerful (at loving, I know, I know, but the point stands) all the time? Just let the kid love you big and give him right back atcha. How frustrated that little nutbrown hare must feel. I think this is a book for parents not for children. And it's fucking sappy. However, Anita Jeram's illustrations are absolutely lovely...more
Asalyn Holliday
This is such a sweet book. I think it would be good between teaching the differences between big and small and short and tall. It would also be good for talking about both family and animals. I would do a read aloud with this book and then encourage students to write a story about or draw a picture of the people that they love.
Bonnie Ferrante
This is a lovely, gentle story about a bed time conversation between Little Nutbrown Hare and his father, Big Nutbrown Hare. It was nice to encounter a story where the father was putting the child to bed and expressing how much he loved him.

The story begins when the little hair asks his father to “Guess how much I love you.” So begins a sweet and humorous competition. When the little hair stretches out his arms to show how much he loves his father, the father stretches his arms out even further....more
Sabriena
I am sure that we have all done the "do you know how much I love you?" question with our kids. My mom did it with me and I do it with my son. We have watched the show Guess How Much I Love You but sadly, never got around to reading the book for it, until my husband found it in the library.

Duncan really liked this book and I enjoyed it as well. The illustrations were really well done and it really just reminded us of the game we play of "I love you more than the moon and the stars in the sky" an...more
Patrícia Wenceslau .
Escolhi este livro porque o achei adequado para a idade, pois o texto é simples e fácil para as crianças memorizarem e poderem contar a história sozinhos, algo que nesta idade elas gostam muito de fazer. É um livro que fala sobre os afetos e que é por isso apreciado pelas crianças que se podem identificar com os sentimentos que são falados no texto, neste caso o quanto a Pequena Lebre Castanha gostava da Grande Lebre Castanha. Este jogo de “eu gosto de ti” e o “eu gosto ainda mais”, acaba por se...more
Jessica
It's a classic picture book. It has bunnies in it. There's merchandise for this book everywhere. Why haven't I read it before? I truly have no idea. But thankfully, I remedied that by reading Guess How Much I Love You at the Valentine's Day storytime today. Now, it is VERY sappy, which means that when I read the title and showed the kids the cover, the boys immediately groaned, and when I finished the book, there was a chorus of awwwws from the parents.

Little Nutbrown Hare says to Big Nutbrown H...more
Margaretann
Jul 21, 2014 Margaretann rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone in search of a gift for a mom-to-be they don't know very well.
Shelves: alana, children-s, library
I'm underwhelmed. I think if Alana knew what that word meant she would concur.

I agree with the reviewers who felt put off by the competitive nature of the dad bunny . . . and I also agree with those who wrote that the character names ("Big Nutbrown Hare" and "Little Nutbrown Hare") are a mouthful to say out loud over and over . . . but really the downfall of this book is that it just feels really shallow and commercial to me.

I think it's gained widespread appeal because you can find it EVERYWH...more
Sondang
Jul 22, 2007 Sondang rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all children and parents
This not-so-many-pages book is beautifully written.
The idea is so simple.
Touches the very basic question in relationship (any relationship).
Do you love me enough? Do I love you enough?
The simple lines show so much about how great it is to feel secure of being loved by your loved ones.
I love this book so much that it still makes me smile everytime I read it.
Gak nyesel sampe susah-susah nunggu sebulan inden di QB dan bayar 84 rebu cuma buat buku 15 lembar begituw.... :)
Eric
This has been my one of my son's favorite books since he was 4 months old. While others have found this "competition of love" between father and son off-putting, I found this back and forth to be more about finding bigger and bigger ways of expressing their feelings. Running around and engaging in physical play along with expressing love is a common and positive experience between many fathers and sons. In the end, after the little rabbit "wins" the game by saying that he loves the big rabbit "a...more
Lauren
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Amber
OK--I don't get this book. I just picked it up at a thrift store, feeling like Jackson is probably missing out on a major rite of passage if he doesn't read this as a toddler, but I don't get it. So the big nutbrown hare has to outdo the little nutbrown hare every time? It's a competition, is it? Sure, it's pretty and all, but someone needs to explain to me why this is a classic. Is my Mom card going to be revoked for saying that?
Carly
Nov 24, 2007 Carly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grades K-2
Shelves: picture-books
This book is so sweet! It is about a baby rabbit that is getting put to bed and he and his father are talking about how much they love each other. Little kids would love this book because it is so sweet and sincere and I think every child has played this game with a parent at one time or another. It is definitely for the younger kids and would be a good book to read towards to beginning of the school year during a family unit.
Meghan Douglas-Dowling
This is a sentimental story about a parent's love for his child. Despite it being a little saccharine for my taste, my sixteen month old son quickly grew to love this story, not least because he enjoys copying the movements of the two hares (reaching, stretching, swinging and the like). While it is not something I would have invested in personally for my son's library, it seems it was an apt gift (thank you, Grandma!).
Mrs. Shmoopie
I don't know why but it always bothers me that Big Nutbrown Hare (obviously suffering from low self-esteem) always has to one-up Little Nutbrown Hare. I know it's supposed to be a sweet story about how much the big hare loves the little hare but... come on already. Just let LNH win already and say he loves you more! It's not a contest! Hey, BNH, relax already and accept LNH's love!
Carrie
This book will always stand out in my mind for how much my son hated it. I thought the story was kind of sweet, and would pull it out every so often to read to him, and he would throw the book across the room! (I should mention he was a kid who loved being read to, and cherished all his *other* board books.) I never could figure out what caused the intense hatred of this story, but it was there.
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The Northern Ireland native started writing children's books when he was a teacher in his thirties, with the aim of helping out students who had trouble reading. But he continued writing for a more-personal reason: "the act of imagining simply makes me feel good," he says. The fifty-seventh book of Sam McBratney's career, and his first book with Candlewick Press, was the much-loved GUESS HOW MUCH...more
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