El Duomo in Milan
We have just returned from a 10 day vacation in Italy--so I apologize if I have been seemingly unresponsive this past week! I wrote my posts in advance, set them to post automatically, and haven't seen a computer again until last night.
We went to visit my brother who lives there and my other brother and his wife who live in Switzerland drove down to see us. It was a nice family get-together. We spent most of our time in Milan, but were also able to visit Venice and Verona for a few days.
You would think that I would have researched children's books that are set in Italy and checked them out and read them faithfully to Juliet before going, but I must admit that I failed miserably on this task.
I didn't find a single book and the only prep Juliet got was having Italy pointed out to her on a map before we left. We told her she would get to eat pizza and gelato there. That was it.
We didn't do a lot of reading while we were there because we spent most of our time walking around outside and when we came home, we went straight to sleep, only to wake up again the next morning and head out for more fun.
But having been so inundated with books her entire life, Juliet sees the world through a lens of storybooks and characters. Over and over again, she would see things and then make mention of a book or character from a book.
Here are a few that came up:
Upon seeing all the pigeons in the church square in the picture at the top of this post, she ran up to them and started informing them rather sternly that "they could NOT RIDE THE BUS!" She kept yelling and yelling at them and then ran over to me to make sure I understood that under no circumstances were they allowed to drive the bus. I couldn't help but laugh.
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
Later in the week, we visited Venice and she was enthralled with all the boats and gondolas everywhere. And while I am sure there has to be a children's book that takes place in Venice, we've never seen one. The one sailing book that came to her mind was Scuppers the Sailor Dog. She kept saying how she felt just like Scuppers riding around in his boat.
Do you know of any books that take place in Italy? I am going to try and find some in the upcoming weeks. I'd love to hear your recommendations.