The Snail House by Allan Ahlberg

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Allan Ahlberg's fanciful tale, paired with beautifully detailed artwork by Gillian Tyler, invites children to see the world from a different perspective.

Here is the story Grandma tells one evening on her wide veranda steps. It has Michael and Hannah and the disappearing baby in it, a tigerish bird,
raindrops like sacks of water, and the hugest apple you ever saw. Oh yes . . . and the Snail House. So gather round, climb up now into Grandma’s lap. Darkness is falling, the air is still, and the story is just about to begin.

With rhythmic text and intricate illustrations, renowned author Allan Ahlberg and illustrator Gillian Tyler have crafted a magical tale about the joys of seeing the world up close—and of sharing stories.

About Allan Ahlberg

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Allan Ahlberg is one of the most acclaimed and successful authors of children’s books, particularly in partnership with his wife Janet, who died in 1994. Among his numerous classic picture books are THE JOLLY POSTMAN books, BURGLAR BILL, EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM, and PEEPO!Gillian Tyler is highly regarded as an illustrator, particularly for her detailed miniatures of the natural world. "What I enjoyed most about illustrating THE SNAIL HOUSE," she says, "was the challenge I faced in observing and drawing nature from such a close point of view.
Published September 4, 2000 by Walker Books Ltd. 30 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Out in the towering garden they discover a spiral-shaped house atop a snail: " 'And it was a proper house too, with a door and windows, roof and chimney, table, chairs, three little beds, curtains, and crockery—everything!' ” Displaying an exquisite eye for natural detail viewed from an inch abov...

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