The Biggest House in the World

The Biggest House in the World

by Leo Lionni


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The beloved fable about loving your home from four-time Caldecott Honor-winner Leo Lionni.

A young snail dreams of having the biggest house—or shell—in the world. Then one day, his wise father tells him the story of another snail with the same dream. He grew and grew, adding bright colors and beautiful designs, until he found that his house came at a terrible cost. The young snail decides that a small, easy-to-carry shell might be best for a life of adventure and exploration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394827407
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/28/1973
Series: Children's Paperbacks Series
Edition description: REISSUE
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 361,739
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile: AD760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Leo Lionni, an internationally known designer, illustrator, and graphic artist, was born in Holland and lived in Italy until he came to the United States in 1939. He was the recipient of the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was honored posthumously in 2007 with the Society of Illustrators’ Lifetime Achievement Award. His picture books are distinguished by their enduring moral themes, graphic simplicity and brilliant use of collage, and include four Caldecott Honor Books: Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Hailed as “a master of the simple fable” by the Chicago Tribune, he died in 1999 at the age of 89.

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Biggest House in the World 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
megancoleman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a Papa snail who tells his son a story about a snail whose house was too big. The little snail wished for the largest house in the world (could be an empire? or a comment on unnecessary capital gain). As the house grew in size and amazement other insects and friends admired the beauty of the house (shell). But because the shell was too big, the snail could not move on with his family to find a new food source, and withered away. I probably wouldn't have this in my classroom either, at least not as part of a lesson plan.
lisabankey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This picture book tells about a snail that decides to make the biggest and fanciest shell and realizes it is not very practical. Leo Lionni illustrated this book using very detailed colored pencil drawings. He shows great detail in all the aspects of nature that is included in the two page illustrations.