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The Glass Horse of Venice

The Glass Horse of Venice

Arnold Zable and Anita Lester

Each morning on her way to school Claudia passes the glassblower’s workshop and admires the animals in the window, especially the winged horses, prancing, galloping, rearing in battle. One day the glassblower calls Claudia inside and gives her a damaged horse. It is beautiful, but its wings are broken. And Claudia sees only its imperfection.

When a terrible storm floods their home, Claudia and her family have to leave. The glass horse is packed away, all but forgotten. Until one night it comes to life. And takes Claudia flying through the night sky, back to her beloved Venice.

Arnold Zable’s picture story book The Glass Horse of Venice, sumptuously illustrated by Anita Lester, is a tale of the power of imagination that will delight children young and not so young.

About the Authors
Arnold Zable

Arnold Zable is a highly acclaimed novelist, storyteller and human rights advocate. His works include Cafe Scheherazade, Scraps of Heaven, Violin Lessons and The Fighter, which was shortlisted for a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and a New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award. Zable lives in Melbourne.

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Anita Lester

Anita Lester is a Melbourne artist, musician and filmmaker.

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3 September 2024
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Praise for Arnold Zable and Anita Lester
andThe Glass Horse of Venice

‘This is a man who truly believes in the power of stories.’

‘A gifted storyteller, Zable unearths the hidden symmetry and arresting images that make these tales sing.’

‘You may find this book one of the most uplifting, inspiring and moving you will read this year.’