Venice, for Vendela, is a place of fascination. And like anyone who first learns about the city, the cycle of discovery starts with the canals, the boats, and the buildings.
This book brings you to the next step. Join Vendela as she travels to Venice and sees the soul of the city. Its art, shops, and food. She learns the history of the city. She also is confronted with parts of the culture she doesn’t understand and the negative side effects of over-tourism.
The accompanying watercolor illustration brings life to her experiences. However, keep in mind, this is a book filled with facts. As a standalone story, this may not be the most exciting choice. Combined with a trip to Venice, kids will love pointing out sites they know from the book and in real life. Combined with a story set in Venice, this book will help kids visualize the city even more.
Buy Vendala in Venice
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Enhance your experience with the book Vendela in Venice (or other books set in Venice):
- Check out family travel tips for Italy, which includes some ideas for Venice. (I will be adding a post specific to Venice and will link it there when it’s published.)
- The Greetings from Somewhere series has a stop in Venice in the book the Mystery of the Mosaic. The series is a chapter book with limited illustrations. So using the images from Vendela in Venice can help kids appreciate the Mystery of the Mosaic that much more.
- Compare past and present with the book I, Vivaldi. I picked up this book a long time ago and was happy to have it to look through when we got back from our trip. It is filled with illustrations of Venice during Vivaldi’s time there, in the late 1600s and early 1700s. One thing I found interesting was how much was still so similar. Same buildings. Same canals. I think it would be fun to compare the illustrations in the two books to see what has changed.
- Listen to Vivaldi’s famous Four Seasons Symphony. This link takes you to Amazon where you have the choice of listening for free if you have Amazon Prime, downloading an MP3, or purchasing the album.