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Gabriella's Song
ISBN: 9780689841750
Author: Fleming, Candace/ Potter, Giselle (ILT)
Publisher: Atheneum
Published: April 2001
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Annotation: In the streets and canals of Venice, Gabriella can hear nothing but sweet music. The drying laundry goes flap-flap, 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.

An ALA Notable Book

A Publishers Weekly Best Book

Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | Europe
- Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts | Music
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | Europe
Library of Congress Subjects:
Music; Fiction.
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: BL2001003693
Lexile Measure: 400
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Target Grade: 1-2
Grade level: 1-2
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 9.25" W
Grade level(s): 1st, 2nd
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
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.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1998)
In the streets of Venice, ""the city of music,"" the sounds of church bells, street traders, and pigeons blend into a sweet song for Gabriella. She hums the tune as she goes, spreading it throughout the city, until a composer hears her song and turns it into his greatest symphony. Softly shadowed illustrations in muted tones depict a warm, expressive people in an aptly romantic setting. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2001 April #1)
"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.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1997 August #2)
Fleming's (Madame Lagrande and Her So High to the Sky Uproarious Pompadour) tale of an Italian girl with a song in her heart, accompanied by Potter's (Mr. Semolina-Semolinas) delicate renderings of Venetian life, has a refreshing, innocent simplicity. Opening with views of famous landmarks (the Piazza San Marco, the Grand Canal, St. Mark's Cathedral), the book introduces young Gabriella Menza, for whom Venice is also the city of music. Walking home from the marketplace, Gabriella hears "the slap-slap of drying laundry; the flap-flap of pigeon wings... and the ting-aling-ling of church bells." Her mother's beckoning voice joins the growing chorus and inspires the girl's own tune. Thus begins a musical chain reaction in which the tune makes a baker happy and a widow sad, prompts a gondolier to sing of love and, finally, inspires a blocked composer to write music again. Potter's joyous drawings of the city's cobbled streets, bridges and piazzas are colored in the city's luxuriant earth tones and changing sea shades, while her caricatured figures and off-kilter perspectives, in full-page and vignette illustrations, are reminiscent of folk art. Music lovers, especially, will be inspired by Fleming and Potter's passionate depiction of the vibrant city that gave birth to opera, filled with concertos, arias and tunes that come from the heart. Ages 3-8. (Oct.) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1997 November)
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 Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews