Reading ➶ Gabriella's Song Author Candace Fleming –

Gabriella's Song 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

About the Author: Candace Fleming

I have always been a storyteller Even before I could write my name, I could tell a good tale And I told them all the time As a preschooler, I told my neighbors all about my three legged cat named Spot In kindergarten, I told my classmates about the ghost that lived in my attic And in first grade I told my teacher, Miss Harbart, all about my family s trip to Paris, France.I told such a good story that people always thought I was telling the truth But I wasn t I didn t have a three legged cat or a ghost in my attic, and I d certainly never been to Paris, France I simply enjoyed telling a good story and seeing my listener s reaction.Sure, some people might have said I was a seven year old fibber But not my parents Instead of calling my stories fibs they called them imaginative They encouraged me to put my stories down on paper I did And amazingly, once I began writing, I couldn t stop I filled notebook after notebook with stories, poems, plays I still have many of those notebooks They re precious to me because they are a record of my writing life from elementary school on.In second grade, I discovered a passion for language I can still remember the day my teacher, Miss Johnson, held up a horn shaped basket filled with papier mache pumpkins and asked the class to repeat the word cornucopia I said it again and again, tasted the word on my lips I tested it on my ears That afternoon, I skipped all the way home from school chanting, Cornucopia Cornucopia From then on, I really began listening to words to the sounds they made, and the way they were used, and how they made me feel I longed to put them together in ways that were beautiful, and yet told a story.As I grew, I continued to write stories But I never really thought of becoming an author Instead, I went to college where I discovered yet another passion history I didn t realize it then, but studying history is really just an extension of my love of stories After all, some of the best stories are true ones tales of heroism and villainy madeincredible by the fact they really happened.After graduation, I got married and had children I read to them a lot, and that s when I discovered the joy and music of children s books I simply couldn t get enough of them With my two sons in tow, I made endless trips to the library I read stacks of books I found myself begging, Just one , pleeeeease while my boys begged for lights out and sleep Then it struck me Why not write children s books It seemed the perfect way to combine all the things I loved stories, musical language, history, and reading I couldn t wait to get started.But writing children s books is harder than it looks For three years I wrote story after story I sent them to publisher after publisher And I received rejection letter after rejection letter Still, I didn t give up I kept trying until finally one of my stories was pulled from the slush pile and turned into a book My career as a children s author had begun.

10 thoughts on “Gabriella's Song

  1. says:

    When I first picked up Candace Fleming s Gabriella s Song from the public library, I was actually not at all sure wether I would even at all enjoy it, as I did not and still do not find the book cover image all that visually appealing I liked the colour schemes, but especially Gabr

  2. says:

    I m giving this book 5 stars, well, 4 actually, because of both the illustrations and the story I like that the informative author s note started off the book vs it being at the end, as istypical.The illustrations are truly lovely I want to go to Venice It s wonderfully depicted I also l

  3. says:

    A young Venetian girl, keenly attuned to the sounds of daily life in her city the crying of street vendors, the flap flap of pigeon wings, the jing aling ling of lire, the ting aling ling of church bells hums an impromptu tune at the baker s, and, going on her way, is unaware until much later

  4. says:

    Gabriella s Song is a sweet and charming book I appreciated the warm color use in the illustrations adding to the cozy feel of the book I liked the storyline of a little girl walking through Venice with a song that catches on throughout the city I thought it did a nice job of expressing how music af

  5. says:

    In her travels around Venice, little Gabriella uses snippets of the sounds she hears to create a little songwhich inspires another to write a symphony.Giselle Potter s illustrations put a song in my heart In her travels around Venice, little Gabriella uses snippets of the sounds she hears to create a litt

  6. says:

    I discovered this book as it was featured as one of the March 2011 Music themed reads for the Picture book club in the Children s Books group here at Goodreads We really enjoyed the story I m not sure it would have been a book that we would have chosen on our own, so I m thankful once again for this group intro

  7. says:

    A well crafted story with truly ugly illustrations.

  8. says:

    A bit too simple Odd pictures Everything works except the people.

  9. says:

    I did not enjoy this book I thought that the illustrations were dull and I wish that they werecolorful I also think that only students who are interested in music would want to read this book I found it to be dull, and that many students would enjoy reading aboutinteresting topics I think that if a child was interested in music

  10. says:

    For some reason, this came up in the library catalog when I was searching for books on birds No idea why, really, because just having a few birds on the cover did not make it qualify And perhaps that was part of why I didn t care so much for this one I try to evaluate a book based on what it actually is and not because of my expectati

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