Too Tall Houses (Hardcover)
Friendship quickly turns to competition between friends when Rabbit’s garden blocks out Owl’s view. Expressive gouache and pencil illustrations (5-7).
— From Animals (Fiction)
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 the Author
Gianna Marino spent her early years galloping horses through Golden Gate Park and writing stories of her adventures. She has traveled throughout the world and now lives in Northern California, where she writes and illustrates full time. Visit Gianna at giannamarino.com.
PRAISE FOR GIANNA'S FIRST BOOK, MEET ME AT THE MOON:
"Marino's breathtaking panoramas make an already powerful story sing." —Publishers Weekly, starred review "The textured mixed-media art paired with the flowing text elevates this title above most missing-mama fare ... Radiating warmth and comfort, this distinguished title strikes home." —Kirkus, starred review "Heartfelt and sincere, yet never cloying, this will work well one on one or in story hours." —Booklist
PRAISE FOR TOO TALL HOUSES:
"The animals are full of heartfelt emotions, from anger and frustration to happy contentment...This story about friendship and togetherness contains a great lesson without being didactic or moralizing and should be welcome in most collections." —School Library Journal, starred review
"The well-turned, dialogue-rich narrative complements the sunny visuals, making this an excellent choice for one-on-one or group read-alouds...Another winner for rising star Marino." —Kirkus, starred review
“…a story of friendship that youngsters can understand and relate to.” —Library Media Connection