Too Tall Housesby Gianna Marino Published 27 Sep 2012
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Good friends learn a small but important lesson
Owl and Rabbit are good friends and live in two small houses next to each other. They are perfectly happy . . . until Rabbit's garden gets in the way of Owl's view. So Owl builds his house a little taller. Only that blocks the sun from Rabbit's vegetables. So Rabbit builds his house taller. And soon it's a house-building frenzy and the two now not-so-good friends have the two tallest houses in the world!
All it takes is a gust of wind to remind them that maybe living smaller and together is a much better way to remain friends.
The creator of Meet Me at the Moon has delivered another wonderful animal fable for today's world.
"Too Tall Houses" Reviews
Cute "frenemy" story with a very sweet ending.
A cute story about two friends who need to learn to work together. I appreciate the fun, unrealistic houses, it would be a good read for young children. I think it is a good read for those younger children, however it really doesn't transcend age.
This will definitely be a book that I share to my students in the near future, if not sooner with my practicum students. This book is a wonderful story that tells of two friends who have to learn an important lesson in order to save their friendship. This book is a reassuring book to me, and I think it would be reassuring to elementary aged students with all that is going on in the world currently. It is a good reminder that sometimes, when you only think about yourself, you loose the things that are most important, and sometimes the things that are most important are not actually things at all, but people. This story is also a great reminder for students to help out their friends and remember that friends are more important than materialistic items. I think that I could incorporate many different lessons with this book as a foundation, whether it be for social or comprehension aspects.
I loved this book. Thank you to Goodreads friend Terri Lynn for alerting me to it. I’m not sure I’d have found it otherwise, at least not in the near future.
The illustrations are special. They’re beautiful and interesting, and some are very amusing. I love how they take up entire pages, and how the text/story is placed over the pictures. The expressiveness of Rabbit and Owl are priceless.
The story is wonderful too, and has a moral about getting along with one another and being considerate of one another, and not trying to best one another. The ending is sweet but maybe a bit too quixotic. It worked for me though, and I think it will appeal to most readers. The story is a hoot. It’s so silly and fun. It gets crazier and crazier for a while, it’s a wonderful friendship story, and I think most readers/listeners will really love it. This story makes for a really great read aloud story.
And Rabbit’s vegetables got me feeling very hungry for identical ones.
4 ½ stars
I’m off to check out other books by this author-illustrator!
Genre: Traditional Literature. Grades: K-1
This book is very cute and can be used in classrooms to help promote cooperation. This is a great story to show that cooperation is better than competition. Being geared twoard lower elementary students, the use of animals can help display a message that the children can easily grasp. I will plan to have this in my future classroom. The pictures are beautiful and very captivating.
Too Tall Houses is the story of how the good friendship between Rabbit and Owl is almost completely ruined when it turns into a ridiculous competition. Rabbit and Owl have always lived in harmony: Rabbit liked to garden, Owl liked to look at his lovely view. But when Rabbit's garden grows and grows so that it blocks Owl's view of the forest, instead of talking to Rabbit about it, Owl simply builds a higher house.
And when Owl's new higher house blocks the sun that Rabbit's garden needs to grow, instead of talking to Owl and trying to work a compromise out, Rabbits builds his house higher. And so the two former friends continue to out build each others houses, until, having built the tallest houses in the world, both Rabbit and Owl realize they no longer have the things they want and love: Rabbit can no longer carry water to his garden and Owl can no longer see the forest.
In fact, they are now so high up, all they have is wind blowing their house around until one day a strong enough gust comes along and not only knocks the houses down, but knocks some sense back into Rabbit and Owl. Reconciled, the two friends decide to build one house together because they realized that "Alone they had nothing...but together they had everything they needed."
I have to be honest and say that animals acting like people aren't ususally my favorite kinds of stories, but when it comes to fables, they seem to be just the ticket for getting a message across in a very gentle, indirect, not preachy way. And Too Tall Houses has an important message about friendship, competition and cooperation. As their houses grow higher and higher, Rabbit and Owl grow further and further apart, physcially and emotionally.
I think Too Tall Houses is such a well done picture book. It was written and illustrated by Gianna Marino, whose Meet Me at the Moon has always been a favorite of mine. For illustrating Too Tall Houses, Marino has used a full bleed pencil and gouache method. The colors are rich earthy tones and each illustration has a nice textured feel to it, giving the reader a real sense of nature. As you read, be sure to look at the expressive eye of Rabbit and Owl on each page and how they change over the course of the story. I also like the whimsical detailing in each illustration. I always think illustrations are such a good way to get kids studying and talking about the story being read, making it interactive.
This book is recommended for readers age 3-6
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