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Breaking Into Print: Before and After the Invention of the Printing Press

Breaking Into Print: Before and After the Invention of the Printing Press

by Stephen Krensky, Bonnie Christensen (Illustrator)

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Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
If there is one invention that has influence the course of civilization, it is the printing press. Before Gutenberg developed movable type in the 1450's, books were hand-lettered by monks and were so rare they were chained to tables. Only the wealthy could read and afford them. Breaking into Print invites us into that early world where the story unfolds. The book looks like an illuminated manuscript with its beautiful colored wood engravings. Handsome book design with a wealth of information make this an excellent gift book.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4Brightly colored wood engravings; decorative borders; and clear, clean typography appropriately distinguish this well-designed book about the development of modern printing. Krensky begins with a brief description of early medieval life, when the Emperor Charlemagne could not write more than his name and peasant villagers had never seen a book. Brief sidebars on almost every page add interesting and useful details to the main narrative, while the richly colored panel-shaped wood engravings tell the story pictorially. A double-page spread in the center of the book contains pages from the Gutenberg Bible. Krensky and Christensen's talents blend to create a handsomely designed and highly successful introduction to one of the most important social and technological changes in Western history.Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
From an author who has written about this topic before, though fictionally (The Printer's Apprentice, 1995), a brief history of book-making (subtitled "Before and After the Invention of the Printing Press"), from illuminated manuscripts created by monks and Chinese attempts at movable type, through Gutenberg's press and the subsequent explosion of the printed word. A grand design contributes to the handsome look of this book: The spreads are given ornate borders, in the manner of illuminated manuscripts, and one or two framed colored wood engravings. Simple, readable text appears in large black typeface, while snippets of related, slightly more difficult information appear in small colored type in the margins. It's a gorgeous format that does complete justice to the subject.

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Little, Brown and Company
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Product dimensions:
8.87(w) x 11.35(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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