Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
Book Review: Guess How Much I Love You
Guess How Much I Love You, written by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram, is a children’s classic. Our first copy found its way into our home several years before our daughter joined us. We now own three copies.
It’s a bedtime story about a baby rabbit explaining how much he loves his dad. The bunny thinks up examples to demonstrate his love based on his sizeâ€”for example, how far he can jump or how high he can stretch his paws. In each instance, his dad counters with an example expressing twice as much love for his son because dad is so much bigger.
On one page, the story states:
Then Little Nutbrown Hare had a good idea. He tumbled upside down and reached up the tree trunk with his feet. “I love you all the way up to my toes,” he said.
[The illustration shows the bunny standing on his paws with his feet high in the air, resting against the leaning trunk of a tree.]
After reading the story (again) to my 31-month-old daughter last night, she decided to demonstrate how much she loves me by performing a move she learned in gymnastics class. She did a handstand against her bedroom wall and, with her hair dangling down everywhere, said, “I love you this much!”
She had the patience to tell me a second time after I grabbed my camera. And yes, she does resemble Cousin Itt from the Addams Family. And no, we’re not fanatical enough for Guess How Much I Love You wallpaper. That’s just a bit of photo editing.
Mom and Dad proceeded to demonstrate how much they love their daughter by doing handstands too, but I won’t show you those photos.
Also: If you buy Earth’s Best organic baby food, save the labels for a free copy of Guess How Much I Love You.