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What do you mean, who am I buying this for?

I bought it for myself, of course. Yeesh, can't a grown woman buy herself a book without everyone thinking she's lost her marbles? Just because the book is aimed at preschoolers...hey, my inner child stomped her foot and said "I want that!!", what can I say?! :o)

I was browsing the bookshelves the other day (what else is new...) and I came across Guido's Gondola, a delightful children's book. Lovely illustrations, a heartwarming message told in rhymes, and Venice!! What more could one need from a book?

The blurb on the back is as follows:

"Guido spends his days shuttling tourists along the waterways of Venice in a small gondola. The kindhearted young rat enjoys the simple pleasures of his world–until his eyes are opened to the possibilities of all that could be accomplished with a larger, faster vessel. As Guido is persuaded to acquire bigger and better boats, life becomes increasingly complicated. Just how far will he go in his search for true satisfaction?

You and your child will giggle your way through this enchanting story of a small rat with a big heart, who learns the hard way that it’s the little joys of life that matter most."

The author includes this passage on her dedication page:

Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 4:6

Amen to that!



Comments (5)


Anne, that looks utterly charming -- excellent choice!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Anne, that is a great book and I love the illustrations and the message!

And by the way, I think it's great when your inner child comes out every now and then. Mine does too.

I agree with Kathy - let the inner children out!

Thanks so much for posting this. I'm going to track this book down for my nephews (and for myself...those boys do a lot to keep my inner child happy!)

And I love the Bible verse too; it's one I've never heard before and it's right-on.

Anne...I'm going to order 2...one for my Grandson & one for me.
I love children's books....I have a shelf full.

Great blog!!


Love it! I would have also bought the book for myself.

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