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This is Venice Hardcover – 15 Jun 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Universe Publishing Inc.,U.S.; 01 edition (15 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789312239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789312235
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 1.4 x 31.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I spend all day on a laptop, and all evening web surfing, so when this arrived, I opened it up, and what a joy.
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).
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All of Miroslav Sasek "This Is" books are worth a look, but I particularly like this book as not much has changed in Venice since it was published. The recent "This Is The World" book only contains abridged versions of the originals and Venice is particularly shortened, losing much of the author's witty illustrations and observations. Although this is nominally a children's illustration book, there is much to enjoy within the pages.
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We bought our son (then 5) 'This is Paris', which he loved and we've subsequently invested in many of Mirolev Sasek's books every birthday and christmas. Why? because these are classic, timeless and beautiful books. OK, some of the info is lodged firmly in the time when they were first published but the beauty of these books are the gorgeous illustrations that portray a bygone time before computer generated design. They are freeform jazz on a page, unselfconscious and beautiful. If you have a child with an enquiring mind then these books will introduce them to a world of wonder via the sumptuous pastel drawings that are both evocative and unlike contemporary childrens illustration. You will not be disappointed (and neither will your bambino).
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We took my kids to Venice this summer and I wanted to give them something that would help explain it to them. They loved this book, as did I. Venice hasn't changed all that much - except possibly the pride in their beautiful modernist train station is now more lacking - since publication.

Beautiful book, beautifully illustrated, very much enjoyed by the kids.
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Sasek's drawings with their abstract take and economy of lines remain unsurpassed.
A testimony of how the world viewed itself from the positivist modernity of the second half of the 20th century
A joy
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It is a brilliant book if you are planning to take your children to Venice. The pictures are brilliant, the narration is funny and keep the young readers interested though out. My daughter loved it.
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Lovely book for adults and children. Beautifully illustrated - would make great wall art/wallpaper! Perfect for children travelling to Venice. Now would like to buy all the books in the series.
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My son is really enjoying this book, he is two and has read this is Paris everyday since he was about six months old do we bought him the Venice and Rome books too. Would recommend this one
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