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Magic in the Margins: A Medieval Tale of Bookmaking

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Simon was an orphan, the son of peasants. He was keen-minded and quick and soon learned the ways of the scriptorium, of the illuminated manuscripts. In fact, he was such a fast learner, he felt ready to draw pictures of his own in his teacher’s books. But first, the monastery’s father tells him, he must learn how to capture mice.

Prolific author W. Nikola-Lisa and acclaimed
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 14th 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, homeschooling
Not nonfiction, but it works as such in many ways. Perfect for a homeschooling unit on the middle ages. I coupled it with Marguerite Reads a Book, and they were both a big hit.
W. Nikola-Lisa
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
To be honest, this is a difficult book for a child to understand. I wrote it more for the older, middle grade reader, but middle grade readers rarely pick up a picture book. So, although an incredibly well-illustrated book (by Bonnie Christensen), the storyline is a bit too dense for the young reader. I, on the other hand, enjoyed writing the story because I have a perennial fascination with all things medieval.
Dec 01, 2008 rated it liked it
This book about an apprentice scribe during the Middle Ages provides scant information about how illuminated manuscrips were made but does offer a chance for parents and children to reflect on creativity and the artistic process. It would probably be appreciated most by children under the age of 8.
Joanne Stein
Apr 18, 2010 rated it liked it
a beautiful, thoughtful book!
Michael Fitzgerald
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Great concept. Could have been a five-star book, but the illustrations are remarkably dull. A more inspired illustrator could have really made this shine. To me it has the look of a rough draft.
Sep 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the middle ages
Shelves: picturebooks
Beautifully illustrated. The plot of this book coincides with the plot in "Pillars of the Earth". I'm taking this one home to savor the paintings again:)
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Would be great to accompany a drawing lesson. (talks of getting the essence of a subject matter rather than a faithful copy). Read for Medieval study.
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W. Nikola-Lisa's interest in writing books for young readers began as an elementary school teacher. He is the author of numerous books, including the award-winning Bein' With You This Way (Lee & Low), Shake Dem Halloween Bones (Houghton Mifflin) and the How We Are Smart (Lee & Low), recipient of the prestigious Christopher Award. As an accomplished storyteller and musician, Mr. Nikola-Lisa enjoys ...more

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