Friday, April 05, 2013

Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino

What does it take to be a good neighbor? Read Too Tall Houses, a picture book for children ages 4-7, and find out!

The story begins with two friends, Owl and Rabbit, who live side by side on a hill. When Rabbit’s garden grows too tall for Owl to see the forest, Owl takes action. He builds his house taller than Rabbit's. What does Rabbit do?  Makes his house taller! The one-upmanship continues until those walls, they come a tumblin’ down!

Too Tall Houses will keep your interest until the very end when Owl and Rabbit learn to rebuild more than just their houses.

I recommend sharing this book one on one or with a small group so children have the opportunity to enjoy the intricate illustrations and engage in dialogic reading. Author and illustrator, Gianna Marino weaves realistic renderings of sticks and twigs into wonderfully natural homes for Owl and Rabbit. Like tongue and groove flooring, the art and the text fit together seamlessly.

If you enjoy the fable Too Tall Houses, take a look at Pig and Crow, written and illustrated by Kay Choaro, another book for children about animals and the power of friendship. You will find both books in the picture book section of the Virginia Beach Public Libraries.

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