Children's LiteraturePart of the "Famous Inventors" series, Levi Strauss: The Man Behind Blue Jeans tells how the first pair of blue jeans came into existence and about the man who helped popularize them. Levi Strauss immigrated to America when he was 18 years old. He worked with his brothers selling dry goods and eventually traveled west to California during the Gold Rush. Levi's incentive, however, was not to find gold but to provide dry goods for all the gold prospectors. Business boomed for Levi and he soon discovered a demand for stronger work pants. Many people were complaining their pants were ripping. Levi solicited the help of tailor Jacob Davis and together they created and patented work pants that had copper rivets placed in the areas that often ripped. These work pants were unlike any other and were very durable, which made them popular and made Levi a very successful businessman. This story, told in a very succinct and informative way, would be an excellent complement to lessons on the Gold Rush or Levi Strauss. A timeline, glossary, and additional reading sections are included at the end. 2004, Enslow Publishers, Ages 7 to 10.