- Age Range: 3 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
- Series: Knopf Children's Paperbacks
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Dragonfly Books; Reissue edition (August 12, 1973)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394827406
- ISBN-13: 978-0394827407
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.1 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Biggest House in the World (Knopf Children's Paperbacks) Paperback – August 12, 1973
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ll color. A young snail realizes that a big house might be a disaster for him.
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In this book, the little snail tells his father he wants to have the biggest house in the world. The father tells his son that is silly, that he should keep easy to carry. The father says once a little snail grew a house as big as a melon, added pointed bulges and bright colors, and was admired by butterfiles and frogs. But he and the other snails ate up the cabbage on which they lived. The other snails moved to the next cabbage, but the snail with the big house was stuck, and "faded away." His house crumbled into nothing. The son decides to follow his father's advice and keep his house small. One day he goes on to see the world-- ferns, pebbles, lichen, trees, flowers-- and the little snail was very happy.
The moral could be not to weigh yourself down with big purchases or large debts-- like Dave Ramsey says. Or that you should be content with what you have. Or that possessions are temporary but experiences aren't.
It's a book I've loved for years, my kids love it now, the illustrations are beautiful, and the story makes a good fable.