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The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane

Children's book pays tribute to nature

The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane is an impressive book for children ages 6 through 9 by C.M. Millen. It is set in an Irish monastery in the Middle Ages.

The Ink Garden of Brother TheophaneWhile other monks focus on their tasks of copying the Bible and other books, Theophane feeds birds crumbs from his meal.

As a disciplinary measure, he is forced to make ink. Theophane creates many different colors and soon the monks are following his way — illustrating books with bright paints.

The illustrations by Andrea Wisnewski were inspired by The Book of Kells.

Millen's charming book pays tribute to a young man's reverence for nature, love of beauty and imagination (Charlesbridge).


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