From the Good Mountain: How Gutenberg Changed the World (Hardcover)
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.
I grew up in Southern California. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Chad and Afghanistan. I was a Fulbright lecturer in Rwanda. I have lived in Honolulu for over thirty years. I began writing and illustrating children's books in 1996, with the publication of my first book, The Cloudmakers (Houghton Mifflin). Since that time, I have written and illustrated 16 books and many more are on the way. I am also interested in fine bookmaking and have my own letter press called Manoa Press, founded in 1986. I have published many limited-edition handmade books.
“...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