Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino

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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.

About Gianna Marino

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Gianna Marino ( lives in Napa, California.
Published September 27, 2012 by Viking Children's. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Their shared plight engenders renewed cooperation and friendship: “Alone they had nothing / but together they had all they needed… / to build one small house.” Marino’s full-bleed pencil-and-gouache illustrations beautifully capture the pair’s harmonious play, mounting rift and oh-so-satisfying r...

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"Too Tall Houses" by Gianna Marino features a rabbit and an owl who coexist and live happily side by side until something happens to inject a bit of competition into their relationship.

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The houses grow taller and taller while Rabbit and Owl grow angrier and angrier.

Nov 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Too Tall Houses


The competition starts off with legitimate issues, that Owl can’t see the forest over Rabbit’s house and Owl’s soon bigger house is blocking the sun from Rabbit’s garden.

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