Vendela in Venice

by Christina Bjork and Inga-Karin Eriksson

Elementary school-aged Vendela and her father travel from their Stockholm home for... read more

Elementary school-aged Vendela and her father travel from their Stockholm home for a week in Venice. They’ve done some careful planning about what they want to visit and see, but they’re also open to new possibilities. Their highly visual fictional trip is part story and part travelogue. Accompanying Vendela’s lively dialogue-filled lively first person narrative are full-color illustrations of them riding in a vaporetto, noticing recurring images of lions, going to St. Mark’s Square, visiting the glassblowers’ island of Murano and - finally - seeing the famous horses. Other types of visual information includes reproductions of maps, building cross-sections, reproductions of works of art, and images of posters and tickets. The guidebook- style advice at the end is hardly needed because fictional Vendela and her father offer lots of ideas for actual travel or an armchair trip while reading this unusual book. (Ages 7-10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2000

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