It is sensational to read a good for you book like “Guess How Much I Love You” with your children. No matter how old your children are, they are still young enough to be told they are loved.
Over the course of the last few weeks, articles here have focused on older books that are good for you. We have looked at the non-religious inspirational aspects of the Bible, Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers for its interesting take on the role of genius in success and Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice for its advice to get the right mental attitude. This week is all about one of my favorite books, Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney.
Many years ago, in a land far away, when my 25-year-old daughter turned two, one of my sisters gave her the book, “Guess How Much I Love You” as a birthday present. Today, fourteen years later, that book is old and frayed from use and all four of my children have had me read it to them at bedtime for many, many years. I tease my 14-year-old twins and tell them that when she goes away to college, I am going to call her and read her the book each night.
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For those of you who are not familiar with the story, a little nutbrown hare is telling his dad how much he loves him. In return, the dad, the big nutbrown hare always says he loves his son more. The story ends with a big show of love and a good night kiss. It is a sweet story. If you have not read it, I highly recommend you read it soon. I recently had the privilege of sharing the story with one of the twin’s kindergarten classes. The children who had not heard the story before enjoyed it and wanted to hear it again.
Children crave love and attention. It is wonderful to share it with them via a bedtime story about the love between a parent and child. So, the question for you this sensational day is do you have a favorite bedtime story you read with your kids?