Gabriella's Song by Candace Fleming
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Gabriella wanders the streets and canals of Venice singing a simple tune so evocative that it makes the baker long for his youth, turns the widow to weeping, and sets the gondolier's heart aflutter. This captivating song is passed around until it's on the lips of all in the city. Full color.
 

About Candace Fleming

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Candace Fleming is the acclaimed author of numerous books for children, including "Ben Franklin's Almanac, " an ALA Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, as well as "Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!, Gabriella's Song, " and "When Agnes Caws, " all ALA Notable Books. She lives in a suburb of Chicago. Giselle Potter is the author and illustrator of "The Year I Didn't Go to School, " which is based upon her travels around Italy with her family's theater troupe at age seven. She is also the illustrator of "The Brave Little Seamstress" and "Kate and the Beanstalk, " both by Mary Pope Osborne, "The Honest-to-Goodness Truth" by Patricia C. McKissack, and "Gabriella's Song" by Candace Fleming. Ms. Potter lives in Rosendale, New York.
 
Published April 1, 2001 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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