Across A Dark & Wild Sea by Don Brown

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Columcille was born in a remote corner of Ireland in the year 521. Legend has it that as a child, he was fed a cake filled with the letters of the alphabet, and so learned to love writing. He grew up to become a monk and a scribe a thousand years before the invention of printing, when books had to be copied by hand.

There was one book, a beautiful volume of psalms from distant Rome, that Columcille especially loved, and even though its owner refused him permission, Columcille secretly copied it. The copy was discovered, and a dispute arose over who it belonged to: Columcille, who made it, or the owner of the original. So better was the argument that a battle was fought between the two men's powerful friends; although Columcille's side won, the victory felt hollow to him. To punish himself, he set out in a tiny boat, vowing to leave Ireland forever.

A revered figure in Celtic history, Columcille (also known as Columbia) founded the famous monastery on the Scottish island of Iona and left a legacy of learning that illuminated a corner of the Dark Ages. History, drama, and a love of books and reading fill a story--told here in exquisite watercolors and deflty understated prose by noted author and artist Don Brown.

About Don Brown

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Don Brown's previous books include the "ingeniously staged and picture perfect" (Booklist, starred review) Mack Made Movies and the recently published Kid Blink Beats the World. He lives on Long Island, New York.
Published March 1, 2002 by Roaring Brook Press. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Brown's (Uncommon Traveler) lyrical narrative chronicles the life of Columcille, born to an Irish king in 521, and his passionate commitment to words and idea

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