Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Pop-up ed. Ill. by Anita Jeram. Walker 2011. ISBN 9781406327977.
(Age 2-5) Highly recommended. A pop-up edition of a well loved picture book, Guess How Much I Love You is sure to please young readers. It features two hares, one very small, Little Nutbrown Hare and one very large, Big Nutbrown Hare. Little Nutbrown Hare is going to bed and wants to get the attention of Big Nutbrown Hare so he pulls his ears and asks, 'Guess how much I love you?' Little Nutbrown Hare throws out his arms, reaches as high as he can go, goes upside down to his toes, hops high, but each time Big Nutbrown Hare can go further and higher.
This is an endearing book that beautifully demonstrates the love between father and son and ends in a perfect confirmation of just how much the father loves his little son. Anita Jeram's illustrations in soft washes of browns, greens and blues are beautiful. The pop-up sections and flaps of the book are fabulous, but I would advise that parent or teacher carefully supervises the wheels as little fingers could easily pull them apart.
This is a book that will become part of a cherished collection for my grandchildren.