Tuesday, December 7, 2010
As crossings over bridges are made, a stop at the Grand Canal with palazzos lining its edges, walking through the Piazza of San Marco or a hair-raising episode with pigeons, a generous helping of gelanto seems to be the outcome.
When a gondola ride is secured, this overindulgence causes the boat to sink lower than usual. This results in the gondolier suffering considerable stress and the reader extra smileage. It is Olivia's quest for the perfect souvenir that brings forth the final laugh and a quick exit by the family back to the airport. Venice will definitely remember Olivia as will we all.
At Olivia's web site information about Ian Falconer and all things Olivia can be accessed. There is a special link for teachers and librarians. Check it out.