Friday, February 8, 2013

From the Good Mountain

Rumford, James. 2012. FROM THE GOOD MOUNTAIN. New York, NY: Roaring Brook Press. ISBN 9781596435421 [Suggested Grade Levels 5-8]

Rumford has created a beautiful, informative book that explains the rise of inventions and technology, all necessary for the creation of the Gutenberg Press. He presents a bevy of information with clarity in a precise, step-by-step format supported with illustrations, riddles and artfully created sidebars. From the making of ink, the forging of printing types, the building of the press, and more are explained through riddles and artwork reminiscent of medieval manuscripts and illuminated letters.

This book is more than a biography, reading like an informative history of how things were made during a period of time when illiteracy was the norm. The sequential nature in which the information is presented makes this book an excellent companion towards the study of medieval times, inventions of a world-altering item, and one man’s dedication to unite the populous through the written word.

Rumford concludes with an epilogue that summarizes the power of this invention as well as a brief biography of Johannes Gutenberg. Of special note is a section of key words that can be used to search for more information on the Internet. This book is obviously a labor of love about a world altering item that we now take for granted.

This is a wonderful resource for the study of world history, life during the fifteenth century, exploring the art form of illuminated text as well as an excellent text for the study of the sequential connections of one thing to another in the development of the first movable type.

Stifel, Chana. THERE’S A RAT IN  MY SOUP! ISBN 9781598453751

By Christine J. Rayl

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