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***Johann Gutenberg and the Amazing Printing Press

by Bruce Koscielniak

Reviewed November 24, 2003.
Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, Massachusetts, 2003.  32 pages.
Available on for $11.20 in hardcover.
Available at Sembach Library (J 686.209 KOS).

I’m glad we got this book at Sembach, since it’s the perfect book to read before taking your kids to the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz.

This book tells about Johann Gutenberg, but more about the history of printing.  The achievements of the Chinese and Koreans are mentioned, and then an explanation of how books were made in the Middle Ages in Europe.  Next, Johann Gutenberg’s invention is explained in detail, and the reader can easily see what a difference it made.

A clear and simple presentation of the history of printing and book making.


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