Guess How Much I Love You

Sam McBratney, Author, Anita Jeram, Illustrator
Sam McBratney, Author, Anita Jeram, Illustrator Candlewick Press (MA) $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-56402-473-2
Reviewed on: 01/03/1994
Release date: 03/01/1995
Fresh as a fiddlehead fern in spring, this beguiling bedtime tale features a pip of a young rabbit and his indulgent parent. Searching for words to tell his dad how much he loves him (and to put off bedtime just an eentsy bit longer), Little Nutbrown Hare comes up with one example after another (""I love you as high as I can hop!""), only to have Big Nutbrown Hare continually up the ante. Finally, on the edge of sleep, he comes up with a showstopper: ""I love you right up to the moon."" (Dad does top this declaration too, but only after his little bunny falls asleep.) Effused with tenderness, McBratney's wise, endearing and droll story is enriched by the near-monochromatic backdrop of Jeram's pen-and-wash artwork, rendered earthy tones of moss, soft brown and gray for a visually quieting effect just right for that last soothing tale before sleep. Ages 3-up. (Mar.)
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