A Thousand Glass Flowers: Marietta Barovier and the Invention of the Rosetta Bead


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Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
11.1 X 11.1 X 0.7 inches | 1.36 pounds

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About the Author

Evan Turk is an Ezra Jack Keats Award-winning illustrator, author, and animator. He is the author-illustrator of The Storyteller, Heartbeat, You Are Home: An Ode to the National Parks, A Thousand Glass Flowers, and Hello, Moon and the illustrator of Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters, which was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book; The People's Painter; Grandfather Gandhi; and its companion Be the Change. Originally from Colorado, Evan now lives in southern California with his husband and two cats. He is a graduate of Parsons School of Design. Visit him at EvanTurk.com.


* "Poetic yet accessible text sparkles with clarity as it portrays the artistic sensibility and discerning eye of a young girl. . . . Clearly a labor of love, this ethereal and striking selection incorporates imagination, art, creativity, and women's history in a story that emphasizes dedication, resilience, and innovation. An enchanting tale."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
* "This beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of millefiori, Italian "thousand flower" beads, through the imagined life of Marietta. . .Vibrant illustrations featuring deep, rich hues complement the descriptive text. . . [the] illustrations also deftly capture Marietta's grit and determination. . . Audiences are sure to enjoy this unique offering. . ."--Booklist, STARRED review
* "Byzantine masterworks and period costumes give a sense of luxury to this picture biography. . .A triumphant tale of a girl who defeats tradition, it's also a visual homage to Venice, which Turk renders with vigorous pastel strokes in glorious hues."--Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review
"Inspired by Renaissance artists, [Turk's] breathtaking illustrations evoke the stunning art of glassmaking. The narrative flows well, providing context to Barovier's fascination with glassmaking and highlights the difficulties she faced. . . Turk provides brilliant illustrations in this work about a lesser-known artist who made a tremendous impact." --School Library Journal
"Evan Turk's illustrations are brilliant. Though books are only ink on paper, this art manages to conjure the heat of the furnace and the ethereal delicacy of Murano glass."--The New York Times Book Review