Gabriella's Song

Gabriella's Song

by Candace Fleming, Giselle Potter
     
 

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In the streets and canals of Venice, Gabriella can hear nothing but sweet music. The drying laundry goes slap-slap, the church bells go ting-aling-ling, and the lire go jing-aling-ling. Soon, Gabriella is humming her way through town — and everyone hears her song! Some find it sad, others smile when they hear it — but none can forget the

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In the streets and canals of Venice, Gabriella can hear nothing but sweet music. The drying laundry goes slap-slap, the church bells go ting-aling-ling, and the lire go jing-aling-ling. Soon, Gabriella is humming her way through town — and everyone hears her song! Some find it sad, others smile when they hear it — but none can forget the beautiful melody. Before long, a certain struggling composer is inspired by Gabriella's song — and a beautiful symphony is born.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Delicate renderings of Venetian life set the stage for this heartwarming tale of a girl with a song in her heart that kindles emotion and inspiration in everyone who hears it," said PW in its Best Books citation. Ages 3-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Judy Chernak
There is so much music in Venice! Gabriella hears it in the calls of the street merchants, in the rhythm of the gondolas riding in the canal, even in the drying laundry hanging in the sun. She hums her own melody as she skips along, and soon everyone is humming it. When it floats to the window of a famous composer temporarily stumped for the music to his next opera, Gabriella's simple tune receives the royal treatment and becomes a masterpiece for the whole town to enjoy. Lovely sun-washed illustrations transmit a warm feeling for the city of canals.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3--In Venice, the city of music, young Gabriella hears music in voices, water, boats, pigeons, the "slap-slap" of laundry drying, the "ting-aling-ling" of church bells, and her mother's voice. In Gabriella's heart, these sounds combine and become a song that she hums in the bakery. The baker hums it to a widow, who hums it to a gondolier, who plays it on his accordion. The music catches in the breeze, which spreads it all through the city--and into the room where the "brilliant composer Giuseppe Del Pietro" sits in museless frustration, unable to work on his newest symphony, scheduled for performance in a few weeks. Gabriella's tune, of course, becomes his inspiration, and he turns it into a magnificent symphony. Not only do the Venetians love the music, but they recognize it as Gabriella's song, and she, too, receives a standing ovation. Potter's flat ink, watercolor, and colored-pencil illustrations are somewhat reminiscent of Maira Kalman's work. A subdued palette transports readers to the streets of a city filled with old-world charm and perfectly complements the engaging text. Endpapers feature laundry and sheet music fluttering on clotheslines, and the back cover displays a map of Italy with Venice's location marked. A whimsical book for budding musicians, music teachers, or just about anyone looking for a good story.--Lisa Falk, Palos Verdes Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
Fleming (Madame Lagrande and Her So High, To the Sky, Uproarious Pompadour, 1996) celebrates music and its power to touch our lives. The setting is Venice, dazzlingly captured by Potter, in a palette of fresh colors and full of droll characterizations. Gabriella is walking home from the marketplace, and fashions from the flap of drying laundry, the jingle of coins, the ringing of church bells, and other sounds a little tune, which she hums at the baker's while buying a cannoli. The tune makes the baker's heart light, and he hums it, too. The widow Santucci stops in, hears the tune and becomes sad; nevertheless, she hums it on the way home, and the gondolier, overhearing her, plays it on the accordion. Thus the tune is passed throughout the city, evoking a variety of responses. To composer Giuseppe Del Pietro, who is experiencing a block just as a new symphony is due, the tune is heaven-sent, sweet music that he shapes into a great work of art. A disarmingly simple tale, this is inspiring and transporting.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689841750
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
04/01/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
477,219
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
400L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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