Fine Print

A Story about Johann Gutenberg

From the Series Creative Minds Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Although he is credited with changing history through his invention of printing, Johann Gutenberg remains mysterious. In Fine Print, author Joann Johansen Burch pieces together Gutenberg’s amazing story. When Johann was a child in the early 1400s, books were rare and sometimes very expensive. Each book had to be copied by hand, letter by letter. Gutenberg loved to read, and he often grew impatient waiting for the time-consuming bookmaking process to be completed. Young Gutenberg dreamed of finding a better way to make books. From his childhood in strife-torn Mainz through the many years of setbacks and bankruptcies, Gutenberg persevered in his belief that books could be made quickly and inexpensively. This is the story of the man who invented movable type and the printing press and gave the world the gift of books.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-0-87614-565-4
$9.99 $9.99
978-0-82258-908-2
$34.65 $25.99
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Nonfiction
Copyright 1991
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint LernerClassroom, Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 1991-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.5
BISACS JNF007020, JNF007090
Dewey 686.1'092
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.875 x 8.5
Lexile 880
Guided Reading Level S
ATOS Reading Level 5.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 4366
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Afterword, Author/Illustrator note, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Reviewed, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides

Reviews

The Horn Book Magazine

“. . .the book provides young readers with a sense of history in the making.” —The Horn Book Magazine

School Library Journal

“. . .an interesting and credible biography of the feisty, determined, and oftbeset inventor. . . illustrations are striking, appropriate, and enhance the text.” —School Library Journal

Booklist

“. . .this book will have a wide use in school and public library collections.” —Booklist

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Creative Minds Biographies

Meet some of the world’s most creative minds! Written in story format, these episodic biographies give clear, straightforward accounts of historical figures’ lives. Each true story is accompanied by black-and-white illustrations. View available downloads →