The Glassmaker's Daughter by Dianne Hofmeyr
  

The Glassmaker's Daughter

Written by Dianne Hofmeyr
Illustrated by Jane Ray

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

Jane Ray’s sparkling, jewel-like illustrations are the perfect match for Diane Hofmeyr’s story, part fairytale, part history, set in 13th century Venice. Daniela is the daughter of one of Venice’s famous glassmakers and to her father’s dismay she’s always glum. Desperate to cheer her up he offers a glass palace to anyone who can make her smile. Fire eaters, mask makers, trumpet players, even sausage stringers try and fail, until a young glassmaker creates a beautiful looking glass, a new invention. Seeing her gloomy face in the mirror, Daniela smiles then laughs uproariously, and soon the whole city joins in. A satisfying story with a lesson for us all, and the scenes of Venice, people and palaces, are beautiful. ~ Andrea Reece

Synopsis

The Glassmaker's Daughter by Dianne Hofmeyr

Daniela, the glassmaker's daughter, is grumpy and never smiles. Her father promises a beautiful glass palace to anyone who can make her laugh. People come from far and wide to try their luck in amusing Daniela. But mask makers, lion tamers and magicians cannot raise a smile from the princess. It is only when a young apprentice makes the first looking glass that Daniela learns to smile - at her own grumpy reflection! The glass palace splinters to smithereens from the sound of Daniela's laughter, and the whole of Venice rejoices.

Reviews

Include this book as part of a story hour featuring Italian lore or encourage slightly older readers to search for stories that feature similar motifs * School Library Connection * Rich illustrations, a familiar fairy-tale structure, and an upbeat message make this story a visually attractive, comfortable read. * Kirkus Reviews * 'richly detailed illustrations by Jane Ray makes the most of the beauty of the city... An uplifting story to put a smile on everyone's face.' * Parents in Touch * Written with a narrative framework reminiscent of folktales, the story proceeds at a measured pace to its resoundingly happy ending. The artwork, created in watercolor, gouache, and ink, features richly detailed, imaginatively realized settings in sixteenth-century Venice. * Booklist *

About the Author

Dianne Hofmeyr

Dianne Hofmeyr grew up next to the sea, on the southern tip of Africa, and has travelled just about everywhere in Africa since. Her father was a mapmaker - helping her to plot not only the stars and unfamiliar terrain but also the texture and smell of new experiences. Her writing is a result of journeys with notebook and camera through places like Eygpt, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. Her teenage fiction has won the prestigious M-Net Book prize, judged with adult fiction, the Sanlam GOLD for Youth Literature (twice), the Sanlam SILVER award, the YOUNG AFRICA AWARD, an IBBY HONOURS BOOK award and a YOUNG AFRICA award. In South Africa, 'The Waterbearer' has won the M.E.R. award and is currently shortlisted for the Sunday Times Book of the Year.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
32 pages

Author

Dianne Hofmeyr
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Author's Website

www.btinternet.com/~dihofme...

Publisher

Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

5th October 2017

ISBN

9781847806765

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