‘Little Nutbrown Hare, who was going to bed, held on tight to Big Nutbrown Hare’s very long ears. He wanted to be sure that Big Nutbrown Hare was listening.
“Guess how much I love you,” he said.
“Oh, I don’t think I could guess that,” said Big Nutbrown Hare.’
Happy Anniversary to Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare – along with Sam McBratney and illustrator by Anita Jeram. 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of beloved Guess How Much I Love You.
First published in 1994 in the UK and 1995 in Australia, more than 43 million copies of the story have been sold worldwide in 57 languages. There have also been TV and movie adaptations of this heart-warming story that will be on many of your bookshelves (even if your kids have outgrown it, it’s unlikely a book like this would have been given away!).
For over two decades, Sam McBratney’s timeless story, beautifully portrayed by Anita Jeram’s gentle watercolours, has captured the deep and tender bond that is precious between loved ones.
Guess How Much I Love You was one of the first books that I was given when I found out I was pregnant. It was from my mother, another book lover – in fact she is responsible for a couple of generations of book lovers! It was part of a small stack that also included We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Soon after the Beatrix Potter collection came – Guess How Much I Love You had arrived in suitable company!
There have been many formats of this book but mine were board books and so not only have the memory of reading and re-reading this story to my children survived but they have the teeth marks to prove it. I’m certain that many of you would have similar memories of receiving your copy – it was a must for your child’s collection.
To mark the anniversary, Walker Books have published several new editions, a special gift edition that includes a slipcase and limited-edition print. Perfect for a keepsake present – although you’ll be forgiven for wanting one of your own too. The second is a beautiful anniversary edition of the paperback and finally a board book.
So, if you haven’t got a copy of this book then now would be the time and if you already have a well-loved copy then make yourself a cup of tea and take a walk down memory lane. It might bring a tear to your eye, especially if your children are all grown up. You might even still be able to recite it!