The sounds of lapping water and dipping oars ease readers into the famous canals of Venice, Italy. With mother as gondolier and father singing his calming song to baby, a family floats serenely through this one-of-a-kind historic city, past features as unusual as stone winged lions and golden masks and as comfortably familiar as babbling neighbors and drying laundry. The baby drifts deeper and deeper into Venice’s maze and—finally—sweet sleep.
Children cuddling on parents’ laps anywhere in the world will be blissfully transported to wondrous Venice before nap- or bedtime by this dreamy lullaby and its peaceful pastel illustrations.
About the Author
Judith L. Roth is an author and freelance writer who loves travel, chocolate, and being near water. She has bachelor’s degrees in both English and music, the latter of which helps her write more poetically. She has always dreamed of writing fiction for children. She lives in Elkhart, Indiana with her husband and three cats.
Kendra Binney is a self-taught artist and illustrator who paints her landscapes and characters with pastel washes and resin coatings to create memorable, fragile realities. Her inspiration comes largely from her upbringing wandering barefoot in a small mountain town. She now lives and works around Portland, Oregon.
*"A pitch-perfect bedtime story, this is sure to conjure beautiful dreams."--School Library Journal, starred review
"The lovely lull of the moving gondola and sensory rhyme will soothe both readers and listeners." --Kirkus Reviews
"Adults and young ones will also appreciate the rocking rhythm throughout, not to mention the reassuring depiction of family love."--Booklist
"Wispy pastels mix with bold patterns to form a dreamlike rendering of the floating city in this transportive tale."--Foreword Reviews