****Vendela in Venice
by Christina Bjork
Reviewed March 22, 2002.
R & S Books, 1999. 94 pages. Available at Sembach
Library (JF BJO).
Vendela in Venice
is a wonderful travel book for children.
(Okay, it was enjoyable for me, too.) It tells the fictionalized
account of a Swedish girl’s week in Venice with her father. Reading
this book a few years ago made me determined that some year we would visit
Venice during Spring Break. This year, our reservations are made,
so I decided that I simply had to read this book to my boys.
How many travel books would truly keep a kid’s attention?
This one does a beautiful job. For that matter, I find it far easier
to remember details from this book than details from “adult” travel books!
Vendela is especially interested in the horses of St. Mark’s Square,
and this thread gives the book unity. Vendela’s experiences lend
interest to the places of Venice. I know that my kids and I will
also be interested in photographing lions, looking at dogs in the corners
of paintings, and pehaps buying a jar of glass beads. Every family
headed for Venice should read this book, and those who aren’t going there
any time soon can read it and dream. This book is good for information,
but also tells a good story, making a dynamite combination.
Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund. All
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