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Johann Gutenberg is working on printing the first Bible with type. Twelve-year-old Hans Dunne works in Gutenberg's shop as an apprentice printer. Soon, Hans finds himself in the middle of a type-stealing mystery. Will Hans, and the other pressmen be able to keep Herr Fust from getting the type? Will they be able to finish the Bible so many people will be able to read and lJohann Gutenberg is working on printing the first Bible with type. Twelve-year-old Hans Dunne works in Gutenberg's shop as an apprentice printer. Soon, Hans finds himself in the middle of a type-stealing mystery. Will Hans, and the other pressmen be able to keep Herr Fust from getting the type? Will they be able to finish the Bible so many people will be able to read and learn from it? The National Association of Christian Schools honored Ink on His Fingers as one of the best children's books with a Christian message released in 1972....

Title : Ink on His Fingers
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ISBN : 9781882514090
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 64 Pages
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Ink on His Fingers Reviews

  • Angela
    2018-10-03 09:02

    A wonderful book to have read with my son. A great insight into what Johann Gutenberg’s experience in printing the Bible may have likely been like.

  • Linda
    2018-10-01 01:11

    When twelve-year-old Hans Dunne’s father dies suddenly, it looks like he will be forced to drop out of the monastery Latin school. As it turns out, his father was in debt, so now his mother cannot pay the tuition for school. Hans feels he should learn a trade in order to help his family. But his secret ambition is to one day make copies of the Bible, and if he doesn’t become a monk, how will he ever be able to achieve his goal?One day Hans and his mother discover that his father went into debt because he had loaned a large sum of money to support a project he believed was very important. Hans’s mother tells him, “I remember now that your father kept talking about some man who was doing important work for the glory of God…He kept saying this man was being blessed and inspired by God to perfect his art.” When he heard this, Hans thought to himself, “God is inspiring me, too. Copying the Bible is important work – maybe the most important work in the world.”When the opportunity arises for Hans to become an apprentice to Johann Gutenberg, a thought suddenly occurs to him: “God had not withheld the means by which he could copy the Bible but instead had provided an entirely new way. Even Father’s death, so painfully hard to understand, had its place in God’s greater plan.” As Hans becomes more involved with Gutenberg and his work, he sees how much the man is willing to sacrifice to turn years of effort into a reality.I liked the emphasis this story placed on the value of God's Word, as for example is expressed in this quote:"Hans recalled with painful intensity his vow to make the man who had borrowed Father’s money return it all. Here it was – but now he did not want the money, and he knew Mother would not want it either. The printing of the Bible must come first."Today, we take our copies of the Bible for granted. In many homes, multiple copies in various versions can be found. The Bible is readily available in stores and online, in many choices of format and color, to buy or download, and for a reasonable price. Most people don’t ever stop to think about how the Bible has come into our hands.

  • Rebecca
    2018-09-29 07:11

    Nat Culver is the son of one of the translators King James has appointed, working on a Bible to replace the Geneva Bible. As we follow Nat during the period of the translation, we read some of the discussions this work provoked. Nat’s personal drama brings up the persecution of Catholics in England at the time, and his friend from the court brings us up to date on little tidbits of period history. Being well educated, as one might expect from the son of one of the translators, Nat became the tutor to a son of one of the other translators. As the men who worked on the King James Bible were not paid, Nat was also unpaid for his tutoring, but he was glad to receive food and a place in the family of his employer. As we read along with Nat and his adventures, we learn along with him much about the Bible as it was held in that time, interpretation, and views on the translation work. Even though King James commissioned this Bible, Nat finally declares that it “is not the king’s book” but “the King of Kings’ Book.”I thought this a well researched book, and great for children. They will easily learn some of the period history, as well as the origins of the King James Version.

  • Danny
    2018-09-25 01:08

    Ink on His Fingers is about a boy named Hans Dune, though I don't know if he actually existed. He wanted to translate the Bible, but his parents couldn't pay for school for him. So he ended up sweeping the floors in a printing shop instead, Johann Gutenberg's shop.It really wasn't a well put together book. At one point it's telling you how he's going to make a Bible, but it never finishes telling you if he did it. Next thing you know, there's a kid named Rusty, and you never hear about him again.

  • Julie
    2018-10-12 03:04

    I read this with my children as a supplement to learning about the beginning of the Reformation and the Renaissance in homeschool. This book tells the story of Joanne Gutenberg and the printing of the first 100 bibles with the printing press. And it tells the story through the eyes of a young boy who becomes his apprentice. This makes it interesting and understandable for children. We enjoyed reading it together, and would like to read more of Louise Vernon's books about Christian history.

  • Steve Hemmeke
    2018-10-08 02:11

    A short and sensational tale about Johann Gutenburg's struggle to successfully market the printing press and print an aesthetically pleasing Bible. I'm not a fan of Vernon's style. A bit clipped, the time jumps can be jarring, and too much psychological focus on side characters rubbing shoulders with the historical character. Still, it brings to life the difficulty of bringing a new invention like this into the public eye.

  • Mary
    2018-10-18 03:44

    Ink On His Fingers is an 128 page book by Louise A. Vernon. It was the best book I've read in 2016, but it probably won't stay that way. It is mainly about a boy named Hans Dunne, and the other main characters are Ulrich Zell, (Herr) Johan Gutenberg, and (Herr) Muller. In this book you'll learn about how Johan Gutenberg started using the printing press to make Bibles. If you like history, you will probably at least like this book.

  • LuAnn
    2018-10-08 04:07

    Fast-paced story of the suspicion and intrigue concerning Gutenberg's development of the printing press. Focuses on the involvement of two fictional apprentices, Gutenberg's debt and faith in God's provision with little character development or sense of the setting.

  • Kimbrely
    2018-10-14 03:46

    A book I found to read aloud while we were in Germany - a little history lesson while on vacation. I liked the writer's style pretty much and the story is good - some suspense but fairly predictable. We are going to try some of her other books ie about Tyndale and others.

  • Selah Pike
    2018-10-02 09:14

    Hmm . . . this wasn't as great as I remembered. The story was occasionally confusing and Gutenberg wasn't the main character. Still, the kids enjoyed it and learned something about German culture in the 1450s.

  • Christy Reed
    2018-10-12 08:59

    Very cute children's book. I felt the ending didn't do it justice, but I think 8-10 year-olds would find this book interesting.

  • Johannes Kristian
    2018-09-26 06:48

    ncl.I liked it. good for children who like Gutenberg.

  • Leah
    2018-09-23 04:56

    I read this aloud to the kids. They were interested, and it was hard to stop with just one chapter. It brings the story of Johann Gutenberg and his printing press to life.

  • Tricia
    2018-09-30 07:04

    Read this aloud to my younger children as part of a history curriculum. An interesting look at the challenges and set-backs Gutenberg experienced in developing his printing press.

  • Tiffany
    2018-09-23 01:59

    Another read aloud for homeschool history.

  • Janice
    2018-09-26 03:59

    This is a very interesting and well written book. I have read it to my children and grandchildren, we have all enjoyed it.