Sam McBratney and East Word - Guess How Much I Love You: Bengali/English

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I Love You Right Up to the Moon and Back

Jun 2, 2008 (Updated Jun 2, 2008)
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Pros:Charming story about love, beautiful illustrations

Cons:None

The Bottom Line: This is one of our favorite books. It is darling. Highly recommend.


Guess How Much I Love You is a delightful and heartwarming 20 page picture book about the boundless love between a father and a child. It is one of our favorite books and bedtime reads. It is written by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram. This book is aimed for preschoolers through early elementary.

Synopsis

A father rabbit called Big Nutbrown Hare and his son, Little Nutbrown hare try to outdo each other in expressing their love for one another. Each time Little Nutbrown demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare outdoes him in a bigger way. The book ends with the father kissing his son goodnight. As the son drifts off to sleep, he says to his dad that he “loves him right up to the moon.” Big Nutbrown Hare waits until Little Nutbrown Hare is asleep before whispering, “And I love you right up to the moon and back.”

Sample Text:

I love you all the way down the lane as far as the river,” cried Little Nutbrown Hare.

“I love you across the river and over the hill,” said Big Nutbrown Hare.


The Illustrations

The color illustrations are beautiful and do a splendid job of setting the tone for the story. The primary colors in the illustrations are soft, making this a perfect bedtime read. I also love how there is physical contact between the father and son such as the son holding on to the father, the father carrying him to bed and kissing him goodnight. The rabbits are drawn towards being realistic, but show lots of human emotions and traits. They are darling and very loveable.

Our Experience

I received this book at my baby shower. I was not familiar with it, and with my wild pregnancy hormones, I cried the first time I read it. It is such a sweet book. This book has been well loved in our home. My 4 ½ year old daughter still asks for this book even though we have read it for years.

One of the things I really appreciate about this book is that it shows a loving, gentle relationship between a father and son. Most children’s books only show a mother and child. My husband loves to read this book to our daughter.

The ending to the book is “I love you right up to the moon and back.” Our family has been saying that to each other since we first read this book, especially when we say goodnight. It has become a joke to make up our own exclamations of love just the Nutbrown Hares. It is a lovely tradition that I hope lasts for years.

I was given an oversized board book version of Guess How Much I Love You? and it retails for $12.99. I love the extra-large pictures and I would highly recommend the larger version.

This book was a wonderful gift and one I hope to save to share with future grandchildren. This book is a great gift, especially for baby showers, birthdays, and even Father’s Day.

Final Thoughts

As a former reading teacher, I look for engaging stories and illustrations that will spark my daughter’s imagination and help develop a love of reading. This is a beautifully written and illustrated story. I highly recommend sharing Guess How Much I Love You with someone you love.

Thanks for reading.


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