• Parent's Book Review: Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

    Mom and contributor, Anne Macalino-Santos shares why "Guess How Much I Love You" is her favourite book to read to her child.
    by SmartParenting Staff .
  • The book, Guess How Much I Love You, depicts how Little Nutbrown Hare and his father Big Nutbrown Hare try to outdo each other in a very humorous yet most heart warming manner. Their little game is about who loves the other more and how much more.
     
    The Contest Between Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare
     
    From stretching his arms as wide as he could , to jumping up high in the air,  to showing his love in the distance of a river, Little Nutbrown Hare is determined to win the contest. It's funny how Little Nutbrown Hare never feels bad when Big Nutbrown Hare surpasses him with his longer arms, his higher jumps, and even his description of his love as the distance of a river and the hills as well. Instead, he is challenged to come up with better and more clever ways of outsmarting his dad.
     
    Try and Try Again
     
    The story provides a good way of teaching your child not to be disheartened whenever someone does better than him, that there's fun in always trying again. The most touching part comes in the end when Little Nutbrown Hare figures nothing could beat his love reaching past the sky and up to the moon. Big Nutbrown Hare then tucks in his satisfied little son to sleep, and with a kiss good night, whispers “I love you to the moon... and back”.

    It is truly a story that tugs at the heartstrings as it shows that nothing can surpass a parent's love for his child. It also teaches your child that there are many ways to show one's love.
     
    Communicating Love in a Way Your Toddler Understands
     
    Guess How Much I Love You is a good book to teach your child how to appreciate and quantify the intangible concept of love. The book communicates in very simple terms that toddlers as young as two years old will easily understand.



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