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

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By Evan Turk, Evan Turk (Illustrator)
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Description


This gorgeous and empowering picture book from award-winning author-illustrator Evan Turk paints the portrait of Marietta Barovier, the groundbreaking Renaissance artisan who helped shape the future of Venetian glassmaking.

Marietta and her family lived on the island of Murano, near Venice, as all glassmakers did in the early Renaissance. Her father, Angelo Barovier, was a true maestro, a master of glass. Marietta longed to create gorgeous glass too, but glass was men’s work.

One day her father showed her how to shape the scalding-hot material into a work of art, and Marietta was mesmerized. Her skills grew and grew.

Marietta worked until she created her own unique glass bead: the rosetta. Small but precious, the beautiful beads grew popular around the world and became as valuable as gold. The young girl who was once told she could not create art was now the woman who would leave her mark on glasswork for centuries to come.

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, and A Thousand Glass Flowers and the illustrator of Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters, which was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book; Grandfather Gandhi; and its companion Be the Change. Originally from Colorado, Evan now lives in the Hudson River Valley with his husband and two cats. He is a graduate of Parsons School of Design. Visit him at EvanTurk.com.

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, and A Thousand Glass Flowers and the illustrator of Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters, which was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book; Grandfather Gandhi; and its companion Be the Change. Originally from Colorado, Evan now lives in the Hudson River Valley with his husband and two cats. He is a graduate of Parsons School of Design. Visit him at EvanTurk.com.

Praise For…


* "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


Product Details
ISBN: 9781534410343
ISBN-10: 1534410341
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 18th, 2020
Pages: 48