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Children's Fiction Music

The Fabulous Song

by (author) Don Gillmor, Michelle Campagne & Davy Gallant

illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay

The Secret Mountain
Initial publish date
May 2006
Music, Beginner
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2006
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1999
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 2 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2


Oh, that darn Frederic Pipin! He’ll do anything to get out of learning how to play an instrument, much to the chagrin of his loving parents who named him after the great Chopin. One day however, the little fellow falls under the spell of an amazing conductor and owns up to his name by spinning some magic and writing a fabulous song!

About the authors

Don Gillmor’s most recent book To the River won the 2019 Governor General’s Literary Award for non-fiction. He is the author of a two-volume history of Canada, Canada: A People’s History, which won the Libris Award, and two other books of non-fiction, The Desire of Every Living Thing and I Swear by Apollo. He has written three critically acclaimed novels – Kanata, Mount Pleasant and Long Change – as well as nine books for children, two of which were nominated for a Governor General’s Award. He has won twelve National Magazine Awards, including the Outstanding Achievement Award. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.

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MARIE-LOUISE GAY has achieved international acclaim as an author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won many awards, including two Governor General’s awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Marie-Louise’s very popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. Her recent books include Any Questions? and Short Stories for Little Monsters. She lives in Montreal.

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The Fabulous Song

This is one of my favourite stories for children by Don Gillmor. It is delicious. Frederic's solution to his inability to play music is to become a grand brilliant conductor - he can feel and see the music, he just can't play it. Inventively written, with whimsical illustrations, this is a book to revisit, time and time again - this edition has an accompanying cd with top notch performers singing the ballad of

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