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Friday, April 25, 2014

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Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino is a bright and beautiful fable.  Rabbit and Owl live in two houses, side by side.  They argue over whose house is taller and other issues abound until there is a small scale war on who can build the tallest house.  I'm happy to report that the two friends do resolve their differences.  This new fable is illustrated with gouache and pencil and builds a lovely home for this story.  It's a warm-hearted story with wonderful illustrations.
 I'll use it in Storytime with preschoolers and also recommend it to parents and teachers for children up to third grade to add to their  repertoire of fables.  For the school-aged, I'd say this would be a fun read aloud to introduce homophones, words that sound the same but have a different meaning.  Because in the beginning you could say that the story is about two tall houses and too tall houses.  The number of houses and that they are acutely high.   What a great read.

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