Shortlisted for the 1994 Kurt Maschler Award and the Children's Illustrated Book of the Year Award, this is the story of Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare, who discover that love is not an easy thing to measure.
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.)
PreS-Gr 1-McBratney continues to mine and model the positive parent/child communication that he presented so successfully in Guess How Much I Love You (Candlewick, 1995). In four brief stories, he describes Little Nutbrown Hare's feelings and behavior as he explores the forest and fields. In the first tale, his favorite Hiding Tree has fallen during a storm. At first formidable in its new position, the tree proves irresistible during a game of hide-and-seek, and the youngster summons the courage to climb. A touch of anxiety surfaces again on Cloudy Mountain when not having heeded Big Nutbrown Hare's warning, he loses his bearings in the mist. Luckily Big Nutbrown Hare is nearby and doesn't contradict the small rabbit who exclaims, "You nearly got lost!" In the third story, the youngster is tempted to disobey but ultimately finds his inner voice as he recalls Big Nutbrown Hare's admonitions. The final chapter features a guessing game with a loving bedtime exchange. In each episode, the adult maintains the tricky balance between offering protection and freedom; the child starts to develop a sense of when it is appropriate to take risks as he remembers the consequences of previous decisions. The familiar halcyon watercolor-and-ink scenes, this time executed by Wagner and Tarbett "in the style of Anita Jeram," provide a good match for the gentle humor that pervades the dialogue. With a larger trim size and bright, white backgrounds, this book is sure to attract new fans to the popular series.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
This book is gorgeous: if I could I would rate it higher than 5 stars. I love reading this book to my three daughters, and they each have their own copy. I have also given copies to each of my nieces and nephews. A simple book with beautiful illustrations and a wonderful message. Every child should own this book!
If you were to buy just one book for a child this really would be the ideal one to choose.
A small rabbit tries to put into words just how much it loves its parent and the parent says back double what the child is trying to say. It is just so sweet. It is simple and lovely. I have this book in both the languages my children speak and it is a treasure!
This is a fantastic family keepsake book...I have three children, 8 , 6 and 1 year/s old. The older two have grown up loving this book..they still choose it off the bookshelf, which is a constant reminder to me of the need for children to be told they are loved. My two big kids will continue the story after it's finished, using their intelligence to find even greater ways to describe how much they love me! and vice versa!! The size of the book is not important, and a young child will eventually sit and listen to the story if you are persistent!
This is a must for every child’s bookshelf. The book is written beautifully and the illustrations are simple and beautiful. I gave this to my daughter on her first Christmas and it is the most beautiful way to express to your children how much you love them.
Simply a beautiful, touching book. I have bought many copies of this book and given it to adults as well as children. You cannot help but fall in love with the two characters. The story really does say what we all need to tell our loved ones, but don't and the illustrations are just perfect. A must in any format. It will be a book that you and your children will treasure.
A couple of years ago my boyfriend at the time gave this too me as an anniversary gift, so it's not just a book for children. It's simply adorable and I still love it - it's probably the sweetest gift I have ever received :) so boys, if you want to melt your girl's heart, this is a really sweet gift on a day like valentine's day or a special anniversary!
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