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by Elizabeth Simpson Smith

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Gr 4-7 A brief overview of cloth manufacture from prehistoric times into the 19th Century that deals with the development of natural fibers and of spinning, weaving and knitting. No mention is made of bonding, knotting, crocheting or feltingall cloth-making processes. The text is coherent and selected terms are defined. Although the term ``textiles'' (inclusive of fibers, filaments and yarns, as well as cloth) is used freely, man-made synthetic fibers rate only a couple of sentences. Considering the tremendous impact synthetics make on modern life, young readers will be disserved by not learning about their development and technology in a book that promises special focus on life-changing inventions. Smith gives a cursory history of the U.S. textile industry and its socio-economic effects, explaining why factories moved from New England to the South, but she ignores the current acute problems related to textile imports. The photographs are of good quality, but while the reproductions of contemporary photos support the text, the modern photos show things that are not adequately covered in the text. Mill (Houghton, 1983) by Macaulay is an outstanding visual and descriptive narrative of New England manufacture from 1810 to 1974. Eberle's The New World of Fabrics (Dodd, 1964; o.p.) includes many modern technological developments. Consider Cloth where more material is needed to supplement collections. Katharine Bruner, Brown Middle School Library, Harrison, Tenn.

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