Gabriella’s Song

Author: Candace Fleming (Illus.) Giselle Potter
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks
Publication Date: 2001
Awards: ALA Notable Book; A Publishers Weekly Best Book
Genre: Picture Book - Fiction
Audience: Gr. K-4
Overview: A delightful look at Venice and how one young girl’s humming may have influenced the writing of a Venetian opera. The gorgeous watercolor illustrations depict an ever-musical Venice, as the fanciful cumulative story takes readers through piazzas, canals, and across the ancient bridges of this unique city.

Activity: Extend the musical nature of this engaging story by listening to, and then humming several Italian operas. Talk about how something we do can unknowingly influence someone else’s creativity.

Reviewer’s Name:
Deb Marciano