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Children's LiteratureWeaving is an ancient art that has played a role in the survival of mankind. The basic technique has not changed in 5,000 years. Weaving is so ubiquitous that it is often overlooked. There are many simple ways to learn to weave. Strips of paper can be interlaced, as well as strands of yarn or even sticks. Imagine a woven fence. Instructions for making note cards, placemats, and map dolls (a unique way to remember a trip) provide examples of weaving without a loom. Using a simple piece of cardboard, young weavers can make a pouch and a rag doll warrior. The remaining projects require a loom. A loom is a tool that makes more complex weaving projects possible. The loom is a frame that holds the warp so that the weaver can manipulate the weft. Instructions are included for making a simple loom out of PVC plastic pipe. This material is found at most hardware stores. Well illustrated, this is a thorough introduction to weaving and includes fifteen projects. 2006 (orig. 2004), Gareth Stevens, Ages 5 to 10.