- Age Range: 3 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
- Series: Guess How Much I Love You
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick Press; 1st edition (September 18, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763641758
- ISBN-13: 978-0763641757
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.4 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2,042 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Guess How Much I Love You Hardcover – September 18, 2008
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PreS—It's been more than 20 years since readers were first introduced to Little Nutbrown Hare. Since then, countless children have been soothed by Jeram's calming ink and watercolor illustrations and McBratney's simple and tender story about a young rabbit and his parent in an "awww"-inducing competition to explain how much they love one another. The original edition has spawned numerous offshoots, including a board book version, various concept books, book and toy sets, calendars, and pop-up editions. This special anniversary edition includes notes from the author and illustrator looking back over the last two decades and revealing a bit about their creation process. This reissue also features an elegant new dust jacket with gold foil accents, small touches that lend the package a bit of sparkle. This would make a lovely new baby gift, or as a fresh replacement for copies that have been well loved and well used.
About the Author
Sam McBratney wrote GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU as the fifty-seventh book of his career. He reunited with Anita Jeram for YOU'RE ALL MY FAVORITES and the GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU Storybooks. He lives in Northern Ireland.
Anita Jeram is the illustrator of GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU, the GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU Storybooks, and YOU'RE ALL MY FAVORITES, as well as Amy Hest's series about Sam and Mrs. Bear
and Dick King-Smith's ALL PIGS ARE BEAUTIFUL and I LOVE GUINEA PIGS. She lives in Northern Ireland.
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The story itself is terrific. Who knows at what age a tiny little person begins to comprehend what the word "love" means? I'm sure they begin to understand the concept as soon as they arrive, through a parent's (or other caregiver's) tender touches, kisses, hugs and smiles as they say the words. I can say without a doubt that the first utterance of "I love you, Grandma" by one of our grandkids has always been such a tender memory for me, as you can just sense that they're trying to find words to express how they're feeling (safe, happy, content) - just like Little Nutbrown Hare is trying to express to Big Nutbrown Hare in the story. Seems each time he attempts to quantify his love in terms he can grasp (as wide as his arms can stretch, as high as he can reach with his front paws - or his back paws, while doing a handstand! - or as high as he can hop or as far as he can see), his dad is always able to stretch wider/higher, see farther, etc., in quantifying his own love for his son. When he finally comes up with "I love you right up to the MOON" as the furthest thing he can imagine, his wise dad lets it go at that as the little fellow drifts off to sleep... before whispering with a knowing smile, "I love you right up to the moon - AND BACK."
What Little Nutbrown Hare doesn't yet know is that our capacity to give love only grows as we age, coming to a progressively greater understanding of what the word means by experiencing ALL that's involved in the intimate tapestry of loving someone. As an older woman, I can now weave into that tapestry the recognition of how beautiful it is to receive the earliest expressions of love from a grandchild - there's nothing better in this world. And for me, that's what this little story represents. Perfect.
What you think of this translation kind of depends on how you want to use it. My children are English speakers who we would like to see learn Arabic. Therefor, I appreciate the fact that the English and Arabic text are both on the page. My husband can pick it up and read it to the kids in Arabic, and I can pick up the same book and read it to the kids in English. My son was fascinated the first time my husband read it to him in Arabic because he was familiar with the story and could kind of follow along with the pictures even if he didn't understand every word.
I considered giving this book four stars due to the other reviewers comment about the book being laid out left to right, and it is true that it would be the opposite if it was solely an Arabic story book. Like I said though, it is all about how you want to use it. My children will never be able to read the Arabic text on their own (or by the time they can they will no longer be interested in the book), so the fact that the pages are ordered left to right makes no difference to me.