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by Leo Lionni

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Father snail tells little snail a story of how sometimes smaller things are better than bigger things. This children's book shows little snail the sequencing of what could happen if he received what he wanted. The results weren't pleasant, but the moral was learned. Descriptive vocabulary, thorough sequencing, and clever illustrations hold the attention of the readers. ( )
  bschaffer | Feb 20, 2014 |
This is sort of a harsh one. Although I agree that we should apply moderation in our life, not give in to vanity or let things get out of hand, I really felt for the little snail as he "faded away". He really put a lot of effort, ingenuity and artistry into building his wonderful house: " ... by squeezing and pushing, and by wishing very hard, he was able to add bright colors and beautiful designs." By simply "wishing" he pulled off all these things, it seems there must have been some purpose to that? And the little snail DID bring some magic to others. Not only the snails, but also the butterflies, the frogs marveled at his accomplishment.

The upside: our snail in the story took this parable to heart, rejoiced in being mobile and instead took pleasure in all the marvelous things he saw through his journeys. Yes, sometimes it's better to think ahead and small can be good! ( )
  Fjola | Oct 16, 2013 |
In a fable within a fable, a wise snail convinces his son that a small, easy-to-carry shell might be better than the biggest house in the world for a life of adventure and exploration.
  law2110 | Jan 19, 2013 |
This story talks about this snail that dreams of having the biggest house in the world and focuses all attention on this goal. After his father tells him a story, the snail realizes what is actually important, and it is not to have the biggest house. The snail decides to have a small, more mobile home to allow a life full of adventure.
  SarahLinfield | Mar 12, 2012 |
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. ( )
  megancoleman | Feb 10, 2012 |
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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.

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A snail's father advises him to keep his house small and tells him what happened to a snail that grew a large and spectacular shell.

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