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A young snail tells his father that he wants to have the biggest house in the world. His father tells him a story to explain why it is better to have a smaller house. In the story a young snail learns how to make his shell grow large and sprout cone-shaped domes in all colors. When the other snails move on to find more food, the snail with the biggest house in the world is left alone and finally fades away. When anyone asked the little snail why he had such a small house, he would tell them the story of the biggest house in the world.

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