The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane

By C. M. Millen; Andrea Wisnewski (Illustrator)
Charlesbridge Publishing, Hardcover, 9781580891790, 28pp.

Publication Date: July 2010

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Winner of the 2011 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award.
In a monastery in the mountains of Mourne during the Middle Ages, one young monk struggled to focus on his task: copying the Bible and other scholarly books with plain brown ink made from wood bark in plain brown books in his plain brown robe at his plain brown desk. Brother Theophane was soon transferred from the scribe's room and assigned to make the ink that the brothers used. With his natural curiosity, Theophane discovered that inks could be made from other plants besides the wood bark. Berries and leaves produced other beautiful colors. And soon, the books the monks made were illuminated with colors and drawings.
C.M. Millen's charming story of a young monk who defied the discipline of the monastery and found his own way to express the beauty of the world will inspire young readers to explore their own world and find their own voices.
Andrea Wisnewski's illustrations, inspired by the illuminated letters that the medieval monks created in books like the Book of Kells, bring to life the colors and beauty that surrounded Brother Theophane amidst the plain world of the monastery.

About the Author
C. M. MILLEN is the author of The Low-Down Laundry Line Blues, illustrated by Christine Davenier, and A Symphony for the Sheep, illustrated by Mary Azarian. She says, "I love the sounds and rhythms of words, and how they add so much to a story. Regular visits to my ancestral Ireland, where words are cherished, provide much inspiration, as does the love of my large family and good friends."
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