From the Good Mountain
How Gutenberg Changed the World
By James Rumford
(Flash Point, Hardcover, 9781596435421, 36pp.)
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Categories: Biography & Autobiography - General
What was made of rags and bones, soot and seeds? What took a mountain to make?For the answer, travel back to the fifteenth century—to a time when books were made by hand and a man named Johannes Gutenberg invented a way to print books with movable type. Written as a series of riddles and illustrated in the style of medieval manuscripts by an award-winning author and artist, From the Good Mountain will intrigue readers of all ages. On every page there is something surprising to learn about how the very thing you are holding in your hands came to be.
As a papermaker, letterpress printer, and binder, James Rumford brings to this most recent book not only his love of the printed book but also his knowledge of a craft fast disappearing. James lives in Honolulu with his wife Carol, where he runs Manoa Press, which makes handmade books. From the Good Mountain is his third book for Roaring Brook Press.
"...a beautiful addition to social-studies units about medieval Europe, inventions, and even literacy.”—School Library Journal, starred
"…a lyrical investigation of the high tech world of the fifteenth century.”--BCCB
“[an] expressive introduction to Gutenberg and his revolutionary printing press.”—Publishers Weekly
"...offers fascinating descriptions of the steps and materials involved in 15th-century bookmaking."—Kirkus “…intriguingly designed and vividly illustrated…” —Booklist