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Johann Gutenberg and the Amazing Printing Press Hardcover – September 22, 2003

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-5-While the title indicates that this offering is about Gutenberg, an equal amount of space is allotted to the history of printing, beginning with Chinese papermaking and block-printing and the Korean invention of movable metal type. Koscielniak explains how books were handmade and individually penned to order in 15th-century Europe and presents detailed information about bookbinding, from preparing the vellum to illuminating, assembling, trimming, and decorating the volumes. After this overview, Gutenberg's revolutionary idea for a printing press is introduced and the printer's successes and difficulties are recounted. Written in a straightforward style, the text is filled with facts. Lively line drawings with loose watercolor washes cover double-page spreads. Illustrations of people with short legs and extremely long arms give the artwork a cartoonlike appearance, adding detail and humor to the text. Unfortunately, there is no variation in skin tones or facial features when different ethnic groups are represented. Leonard Everett Fisher's Gutenberg (Macmillan, 1993) provides more information about this innovator's life, while Michael Pollard's Johann Gutenberg (Blackbirch, 2001) offers greater detail about the lawsuit that cost him his livelihood. A supplemental purchase.
Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 2-5. The art and practicality of bookmaking get an attractive treatment in this fully illustrated volume, which provides a clear, concise history up to the time of Gutenberg's press. Though this spotlights Johann Gutenberg as an innovator who developed a way of casting metal type, a linseed-based ink, and a press to allow the transfer of inked letters to paper, the book also looks at printing with moveable type as it had developed much earlier in China and Korea. An explanation of the techniques and expense of labor-intensive book production in medieval Europe sets the stage for a good, brief description of Gutenberg's contributions and experiences as a printer. The pleasing line drawings and the subtle hues of Boscielniak's watercolors give the illustrations an informal look that makes their informative content all the more accessible. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD1240L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (September 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618263519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618263516
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is a great biography of Gutenberg, and then some!

Showing early Chinese and Korean printing techniques, following on with hand calligraphy, and finally the process of casting and using movable type in a press -- this book shows visual learners the actual hands-on techniques of printing. It also shows different methods of book binding.

The technical information makes this much more interesting that a simple biography. Great book.
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Format: Hardcover
A well-researched introduction to the innovator and his technology that led to the primacy of the printed word in the acquisition of information from the 15th Century to the late 20th Century. Targeted at elementary and middle school ages, plus quick minds that are younger. Excellent illustrations.
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Format: Hardcover
All the facts I could ask for (and more) in a delightfully easy to read and understand text, with very detailed and helpful illustrations.
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