From the Good Mountain: How Gutenberg Changed the World

by James Rumford

Other authorsJames Rumford (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2012



Local notes

.002 Gut



Roaring Brook Press (2012), 36 pages


A short biography of Johannes Gutenberg and how he invented a way to print books with moveable type.


Original language


Physical description

36 p.; 8.83 inches


1596435429 / 9781596435421



User reviews

LibraryThing member Sullywriter
An elegant introduction to the inventor of the printing press, cleverly told and handsomely illustrated.
LibraryThing member matthewbloome
This book, told in rhyme, was focused primarily on what went into the creation of the first book published with a printing press. It was very interesting, though more for its attention to printing press details than its biographical information. The epilogue did a great job filling in the detail of Gutenberg's life. I truly enjoyed this book. I'm not sure children would be so enthused, but I was.… (more)
LibraryThing member ejoy13
From the Good Mountain: How Gutenberg Changed the World is an informational book about the Gutenberg printing press and everything that went into creating paper and books in the medieval years. This book has great information and beautiful illustrations.
LibraryThing member Nicholepeterse
This book is about how books were made in Germany in the year 1450. It starts by explaining each piece of the book and then tells the story of Johannes Gutenberg. It explains his presses of how books are made.

Use to inform children how books were made in the 1400 and to use as a cross-cultural book.

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Genre Historical Fiction

This book is a good example of Historical fiction book because it explained all aspects of what goes into a book, it explains the man behind the process of the book, it uses actual places in the book, and it provides accurate information.
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LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Picture-book author James Rumford, whose biographies in the form include such titles as Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing and Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs, here turns to the story of Johannes Gutenberg, and the incredible printing press that he invented. Framed as a puzzle, the narrative here describes an object made with rag and bones and soot and seeds, wearing a dark brown coat and filled with gold. What was that object? A printed book - the first printed book - which would revolutionize the world...

A wonderfully creative and educational way to present the story of Gutenberg's printing press, From the Good Mountain: How Gutenberg Changed the World is both informative and entertaining. It was fascinating to learn how each of the constituent elements of a book - the paper, the ink, the binding, the decorations - were made, and to think of how radically Gutenberg's press changed the way in which the printed word was transmitted, how much easier and more quickly books could be produced. The accompanying artwork is gorgeous, with full-page paintings on one side of each two-page spread, and beautifully ornate decorative elements accompanying the text on the other side. Recommended to anyone seeking children's books about Gutenberg and his revolutionary printing press.
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