Long ago, before books were printed, there lived a girl called Marguerite in Paris ... and this is her story.
"Marguerite Makes a Book" is one of those picture books that tells such a lovely story - with words AND pictures - that readers of any age can enjoy the time they spend between the covers. It's a book I hope to share with my children someday and, for now, it's a book I enjoy reading from time to time for both enjoyment and inspiration!
Marguerite is the daughter of Jacques the Painter - "the oldest and most famous book painter in Paris". Papa Jacques has a very important book to paint. The scribe has written a collection of prayers. They are to be bound into a book for Lady Isabelle. But, first, Papa Jacques has been commissioned to paint pictures around the prayers in the borders of the pages. What will Marguerite do when Papa has an accident that stops him painting? Lady Isabelle is waiting for her book of prayers. Someone has to paint the book!
The story is just right - simple, but full of detail. And the pictures complete the story perfectly! Like the story, they're simple, but full of detail - and the "illuminated" borders around the text make the reality of Marguerite's book come to life. Through the pages of "Marguerite Makes a Book", the reader is transported to Paris and goes shopping with Marguerite to buy the things a painter needs - from the market and a tiny shop hidden between the arches of the cathedral - and comes home to watch a book being painted.
At the end of "Marguerite Makes a Book" there's that delicious feeling of contentment that is only found at the end of a good story - and, at the same time, there's a sense of "rightness" in understanding a little bit of the dedicated, patient craftsmanship that made each and every book in days before printing.