"The surprise may not astonish readers—that seeds grow into plants—but that quibble doesn't detract from the green zing of spring across every page, and a garden population that includes ladybugs, rabbits, spiders, and ants. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Zoe is a lively companion, but there's more Venice deliziosa in Christina Bjork's Vendela in Venice (1999) or all of Italy in Carol Weston's The Diary of Melanie Martin or: How I Survived Matt the Brat, Michelangelo, and the Leaning Tower of Pizza (2000). (Picture book. 6-9)"
Nine-year-old Zoe Sophia and her dachshund Mickey visit her great aunt Dorothy Pomander, who lives in Venice.
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