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Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
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Guess How Much I Love You. By Sam McBratney. Illustrated by Anita Jeram. Candlewick Press, 1994. 20 pages. $7.99.

Can this much love be measured in words?

This is the story of two hares, Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare, telling each other of their love. It is a board book with a short paragraph on each page or two pages. The text goes across the page and the font is one half inch in height. Italics are used to emphasize certain words and the illustrations are detailed but use muted colors.

The book never gives the relationship between the hares, other than to say that one is big and one is little, which leaves an ambiguity for the relationship to fit any situation for the child and the reader. Through the book, the hares give increasing sizes to show their love for each other, which then allows for the audience to express their love for one another.

It’s easy to understand why this book is a classic.
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