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Author: Sam McBratney

Illustrator: Anita Jeram

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Publisher: Candlewick Press,

Material: board book

Summary: Every time Little Nutbrown Hare describes the BEST way to tell Big Nutbrown Hare how much he loves him, Big Nutbrown Hare has an explanation that goes just a little beyond. Plain and simple, this is a story about love, how far it reaches and how deep it goes.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book, playtime reading, learning to read, developmental reader

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 8; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 1 to 5

Reading Level: 2.8

Age of Child: Started reading with child 6 months old.

Young Reader Reaction: Early on, s/he loved to listen to the story and would periodically pull the book from the shelf. At nine months, s/he would try to immitate Little Nutbrown Hare (stretch high, stretch wide, jump). Now at three, s/he just asks to take the book to bed to read with her menagerie of animals.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a sweet story that explains a pretty big idea in a way that even the youngest hearts can understand.

Pros: The story is sweet, the Hares are generic enough that they can express a mother/child or father/child relationship.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a must have for every child's library, whether it's at home or at Grandma's.

If You Liked This Book, Try: LITTLE KANGAROO, I LOVE YOU! (A Read-and-Squeeze Sweet Talkin' Book)   HUGS AND KISSES   YOU ARE MY I LOVE YOU

Educational Themes: At its core, the story is about love. This is a great book for teaching little ones how to express their love and why it's important to tell people you love them.

Literary Categories: Fiction - family, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2004

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