Brother Theophane isn't like the other monks. He can't help but stare out the window and daydream. Banished from the copying room for his playfulness and curiosity, Theophane discovers a way to make colorful inks that capture the glory of nature. Soon his simple, brown world becomes one of beauty - and books become works of art. Includes poetry penned by medieval monks, who scribbled verse in the margins of manuscripts. Back matter includes information about illuminated manuscripts and the monks who preserved knowledge during the Middle Ages.