The Glassmaker's Daughter (Hardcover)

By Dianne Hofmeyr, Jane Ray (Illustrator)

Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 9781847806765, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 5, 2017

List Price: 19.99*
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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! This beautiful fable set in sixteenth-century Venice features stunning illustrations from award-winning artist Jane Ray alongside a poetic text.

Named one of Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year, 2018!

About the Author

Dianne Hofmeyr grew up on the tip of Southern Africa. An art teacher, she has written teenage novels and picture books, and has won the M-Net Award for fiction, as well as two IBBY Honor Books. Her other works include The Faraway Island, The Star Bearer and The Magic Bojabi Tree. She lives in the U.K.

Jane Ray's distinctive style has established her as a highly successful artist both for her paintings and her wrapping paper and cards. Increasingly well known as an illustrator, her picture books have attracted enormous attention around the world. The illustrator of Ahmed and the Feather Girl, she lives in London.

Praise For The Glassmaker's Daughter

"Rich illustrations, a familiar fairy-tale structure, and an upbeat message make this story a visually attractive, comfortable read."
- Kirkus Reviews

"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

'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

"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