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Guido's Gondola [Hardcover]

By Renee Riva (Author) & Steve Bjorkman (Illustrator)
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Guido, a young rat, loves giving tourists rides in his small gondola in Venice, Italy, until he is persuaded to add a motor, then buy a large boat, then an even larger one, until he realizes he misses the small things in life.

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Just How Much Is Enough?

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.
Renee Riva has been writing humorous stories about animals ever since she was a child. A former greeting card writer as well as a speaker for women's groups, Renee has written for Guideposts and Catholic Family Magazine. She shares her secrets for story starters at Young Author events, helping to spark the imagination of young minds. Renee and her husband, Gary, live in Gig Harbor, Washington, with their three daughters, and any stray critters that happen to wander onto their property.

Steve Björkman has been creating illustrations for greeting cards, magazines, and advertising for more than twenty-five years. He has illustrated more than seventy children's books, including Good Night, Little One and The Flyaway Kite. The first book he illustrated, Aliens for Breakfast, won the Texas Bluebonnet Award and was made into a TV movie. Steve and his wife are the parents of three children, and they live in Irvine, California, with a dog, a cat, and a desert tortoise who is always looking for a way to sneak out of the yard.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: WaterBrook Press
Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.72" Width: 8.68" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.66 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 17, 2005
Publisher   WaterBrook Press
Grade Level  Grade School  
Age  4-8
ISBN  1400070600  
ISBN13  9781400070602  

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Renee Riva has been writing humorous stories since she won a writing contest in second grade. Her two previous titles "Izzy the Lizzy" and "Guido's Gondola" both published by WaterBrook Press in May of 2005 and met with instant success--over 4000 sold in four months.

Additionally, Riva is a former greeting card verse writer as well as a speaker for women's groups and Young Authors. She and her husband reside in Richland, Washington with their three daughters.

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Great Book  Sep 14, 2007
I saw this book while I was on a trip to Italy and wished that I had bought it. I was pleased to find it on this site, so I ordered it. The kids love it and so do I. It is a cute story with a good moral message. The illustrations are great as well!
First Grader  Jul 13, 2005
I love this book! It is easy for me to read and I like the story and it's rhyming. It's very kid friendly.
The Most Likeable Rat in Venice  Jul 12, 2005
The most likable rat in Venice has to be Guido. Guido is the owner of a little gondola which everyone loves to ride. With his huge heart and expressive eyes, Guido thrives on making others happy. Yet, little bit by little bit, he begins listening to a few people's advice as they insist bigger is always better. Children will be delighted as they follow Guido because as each page is turned, they know before Guido does the trouble he's heading into. But, it appears that Guido only listens to those that say bigger is better. The beautiful, water-color illustrations capture Guido's zest and aim to please. Guido's Gondola is a wonderful, morality tale of tranquility and peace versus greed. Though the message is obvious to adults, children will learn from the tale without even realizing a message is being taught. Children will be eager each time they listen to find out if 'bigger and better' really will make Guido happier.
C Haslam elementary librarian  Jul 6, 2005
How hard is it for us to learn to be happy with what we have and realize that peace and contentment come with that attitude? This delightful book written in rhyme teaches just that to younger children while they fall in love with Guido, the young rat who loves to guide his gondola for tourists. Students love books with rhyme and rhythm. I loved these books, bought them for my library and shared them with over 400 students! My primary students were thrilled with the books! Many of the children bought this book after hearing the charming story. The pictures are captivating. Kudos to Renee Riva and Steve Bjorkman. We also love her other book, Izzy the Lizzy!
A Lesson in Contentment  Jul 5, 2005
Does having more and bigger stuff really make a young rat happy? Follow Guido on his adventure and find out. It's a message parents will want to share, written in a way their children will want to hear.

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