This is Venice Hardcover – 15 Jun 2008
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On the heels of the runaway bestsellers This is New York and This is Paris, Universe is pleased to reissue another title from M. Sasek's beloved and nostalgic children's travel series.
Like the other Sasek classics, This is Venice is a facsimile edition of his original book from the 1960s and is still timely and current in every way. The brilliant, vibrant illustrations have been meticulously preserved, remaining true to his vision more than 40 years later and, where applicable, facts have been updated for the twenty-first century, appearing on a "This is...Today" page at the back of the book. The stylish, charming illustrations, coupled with Sasek's witty, playful narrative, makes for a perfect souvenir that will delight both children and their parents, many of whom will remember this book from their childhood.
This is Venice, first published in 1961, presents indelible impressions of romantic, watery Venice, where under a brilliant blue sky Sasek the gondolier navigates the winding canals to visit such famous and glorious landmarks as the Palazzo Grassi, Piazza San Marco, Doges Palace, and the Accademia di Belle Arti.
About the Author
M. Sasek was born in 1916 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. An author and illustrator, he is best remembered for his classic stories on the great cities of the world. He died in 1980.
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Top Customer Reviews
As long as books like this remain in print, paper copies of books will not disappear any time soon. Flicking through this cannot be done on a PC. The tint of the paper and pastel drawings give it a nostalgic feel (because they're old anyway, but last reproduced in 2005).
Endnotes provide updates to show how things have changed since the drawings were done, and so there's not too much disappointment if the kids go to Venice and things aren't the same. But there are few of these as Venice has barely changed in 200 years.
The graphics are simple, detailed, and alive, the best thing about these books.
The text is short, and straight to the point, giving children a reason to pick it up and look through and imagine, without being bogged down with words.
If I'd known about these books earlier, I would have bought one for every holiday destination for me (I mean my kids).
Beautiful book, beautifully illustrated, very much enjoyed by the kids.
A testimony of how the world viewed itself from the positivist modernity of the second half of the 20th century
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent Sound and pleasure a pleasure do do business with you..A+1111111Published 4 months ago by V. Chauhan
We bought this for our 4 year-old before a trip to Venice. The illustrations are beautiful and she loved to book. It really is a travel guide for kids rather than a story book.Published on 1 July 2014 by A S Colgan
... and I find them interesting as one can also learn facts from them.
Very nice drawings, nice facts, good gift. Great to start a collection of these series.
beautiful book in Sasek's inimitable retro 1950s dated style, reminiscent of Mr Magoo .Sold as a children's book but good for adultsPublished on 9 Feb. 2013 by Lucy A. Wallis