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Guess How Much I Love You: Friendship Adventures

Guess How Much I Love You: Friendship Adventures

Spring 2014 DVD
Ages: 3 - 8 yrs.
DVD Price: $12.98
Review:

Kind and curious bunny, Little Nutbrown Hare, sets out to have plenty of fun in Guess How Much I Love You: Friendship Adventures, an 80-minute DVD based on characters from the popular children's books by Sam McBratney. The animated television series began airing in 2012 on Playhouse Disney in the U.S. and this DVD collection features seven episodes, including "Finders Keepers," "It's Okay, Inside Day," and "Snowflake," along with an option for English subtitles.

Aimed at children ages three to eight, each episode runs about 11 minutes long and themes relate to positive character development such as taking responsibility for mistakes, appreciating differences, being a good friend, and overcoming obstacles. For example, in "Slip Slop Slide," the friends go ice-skating but Little Nutbrown Hare can't master the skill as quickly as his friends, who giggle at his clumsy attempts. Discouraged, he seeks the advice of his wise dad Big Nutbrown Hare, who helps him understand that it takes courage and determination to master a new skill. And in "Hidden Treasures," Big Nutbrown Hare helps the gang develop a new appreciation for what makes something "special" as they explore "treasures" uncovered in the woods. The animation in Guess How Much I Love You: Friendship Adventures matches the cool watercolors of the children's books and the meadow, woods and water spots provide a lovely backdrop for the antics of Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends. The musical score is as light and airy as the nature settings and the storylines address common childhood challenges but never lose their sense of fun.

The friends in these adventures play major roles in the plots but it's the special relationship between parent and child that takes the real spotlight in Guess How Much I Love You. That title refers to the original book's affectionate game between father hare and son as they try to measure just how great their love is for each other. In these stories, the little ones encounter a challenge but it's Big Nutbrown Hare who helps his son make sense of the situation and talk through a solution. That special bond will make this charming program a particular favorite of parents who can use the stories as a way to foster open communication with their own kids.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.


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