“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Too Tall Houses. Written and illustrated by Gianna Marino. Penguin Young Readers Group c. 2012, 36pp.
Reading Level: 420L
Synopsis: In this fantasy story, owl and rabbit are friends who live in neighboring small houses on the top of a hill. Owl begins to build his house taller so that he can see over rabbit’s garden, and rabbit in turn builds his own house taller so that he could plant vegetables on the roof where they would have plenty of sunlight. Eventually they built their houses to be the tallest in the world, but they were so tall that they fell over and the animals were forced to build a house together.
Rationale for Use: This picture book would be great to use as a read aloud in k-2 when discussing characters, setting, problem, and solution. This story would also be a great resource when discussing author’s message.
Common Core Connection: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.2 Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3 Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.