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Guess How Much I Love You: Look What I Can Do: A First Concepts Book

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This inviting, beautifully designed introduction to early concepts from the creators of Guess How Much I Love You makes a perfect gift.

Would you rather be a yellow thing or a green thing? A caterpillar or a frog? A circle or a square? Play with Little Nutbrown Hare as he learns about nature and explores all the sounds, shapes, and weather in the wonderful world around him. Lift the flaps to help him discover colors, numbers, and all the actions he can do in this delightful ...

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Overview

This inviting, beautifully designed introduction to early concepts from the creators of Guess How Much I Love You makes a perfect gift.

Would you rather be a yellow thing or a green thing? A caterpillar or a frog? A circle or a square? Play with Little Nutbrown Hare as he learns about nature and explores all the sounds, shapes, and weather in the wonderful world around him. Lift the flaps to help him discover colors, numbers, and all the actions he can do in this delightful first look at concepts starring the characters from Guess How Much I Love You.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/25/2013
McBratney and Jeram’s Nutbrown Hares provide a characteristically understated exploration of seven concepts: colors, nature, weather, actions, shapes, numbers, and sounds. Small flaps reveal foliage and flowers in eight colors in the opening spread and, in the counting section, conceal 10 animals, from “one flying bird” to “ten crawling ladybugs” (introducing some nifty adjectives in the process). Although the book keeps its focus on the topics at hand, the tender relationship between the hares is ever-present. “Would you rather be a caterpillar or a frog?” the elder hare asks, to which Little Nutbrown Hare responds, “I’d rather be like you.” Up to age 3. (Feb.)
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This father-and-son relationship is lovely and their habitat delightful.
—Kirkus Reviews Online
Children's Literature - Jennifer Greene
Would Little Nutbrown Hare rather be a yellow thing or a green thing? Would Big Nutbrown Hare rather be a square or a circle? In this first concepts baby book, the loveable pair of rabbits explores everything from colors to shapes and weather to numbers. The book features the detailed watercolor illustration style of the original classic Guess How Much I Love You, and combines them with labels and flaps to lift. On the first page, children lift the colored flaps to see a plant or flower of that color. They can then find and identify that same object in the large nature scene in the center of the page, cleverly combining color recognition, spelling of the color and flower, and application of searching and finding, thus making it an excellent, complex learning experience. However, the colors are pastel and not as vivid as children might easily recognize. On another page they lift giant numbered flaps to reveal that same number of creatures underneath, again combining counting, numerals, spelling, and bug identification all on one page. This however, may be a lot for a toddler to process. Other pages, including identification of nature creatures, weather seasons, and shapes, contain no flaps for lifting at all, which may leave a child fumbling for the interactive element or quickly skipping over these concepts. The shape page is also particularly bare, showing just an unlabeled square rock, a circle sun, and a triangle-shaped pine tree. This is also confusing, as the square is not particularly integrated in the natural scene, while the triangle tree is. Altogether however, the illustrations are pretty and the concepts varied. The board book is large, high quality, and would make a perfect baby gift for parents or young children. Reviewer: Jennifer Greene; Ages 3 mo. to 3.
School Library Journal
03/01/2014
The Little Nutbrown Hare, along with the Big Nutbrown Hare, explore the world around them, tackling weather, sounds, numbers, and more in this interactive concept book. Gentle watercolor illustrations, dialogue between the two animals, and a lift-the-flap feature all work to make this a treat for fans of the Little Nutbrown Hare.—Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-05
Little Nutbrown Hare explores colors, actions, shapes, numbers, sounds and the natural world on seven double-page spreads as his doting father looks on.Beyond the basic captions typically found in concept books, the text includes father-and-son dialogue that echoes Guess How Much I Love You: “Would you rather be a caterpillar or a frog?” asks Big Nutbrown Hare. “I’d rather be big like you,” the little one replies. Jeram’s lovely, soft watercolors appear to be a mix of illustrations recycled from other books in the popular series and original paintings. As a concept book, it is a mixed bag. The pages focusing on numbers are the most successful, with oversized numbers on the outsides of 10 flaps and pictures of dainty critters, from one bird to 10 ladybugs, to count on the insides. Less effective is the spread demonstrating colors; it utilizes flimsier flaps with blocks of the hue in question on the exteriors and almost-too-subtle-in-color illustrations of vegetationon the interiors. While the pages titled “Actions” effectively show the young hare engaging in a nice variety of movements (including sniffing and blowing), the “Shapes” section only introduces three shapes, and the geometricsquare looks a little out of place in this English wood.While this father-and-son relationship is lovely and their habitat delightful, in this case, neither is well-suited to teaching about a more conceptual world. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763670641
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/11/2014
  • Series: Guess How Much I Love You Series
  • Pages: 16
  • Sales rank: 307,481
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 13.40 (w) x 13.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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