Children's LiteratureSilk is a natural product produced by an age-old process. The strands produced by silk worms are collected and wound into skeins that, after processing, result in an amazing fabric. Amazingly, the single thread that a silk worm uses to manufacture its cocoon can be as long as one mile. It takes 110 such strands to make one silk tie, 630 to make a blouse, and about 3,000 to create a beautiful kimono. Silk is a fabric that is much tougher than products such as cotton. It also allows for greater insulation than even wool. Recently, the use of plastic fibers to produce artificial silk has replaced much of the silk trade. However, real silk remains an amazing and valued product. It is silk that Claire Llewellyn describes in this book in the "Material World" series. Llewellyn does a fine job of both discussing silk's usages as well as how it is manufactured. Readers will be introduced to the process of silk manufacture that was once one of the most closely guarded secrets of the ancient Chinese Empire. This is a well-crafted book that combines useful information with vibrant illustrations. Readers will learn a great deal about both silk and the amazing way in which it is produced. 2002, Franklin Watts, Romaneck
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 2-4-Slim overviews filled with color photos and reproductions. In both books, two-page chapters using precise text highlight a number of simple concepts. Paper covers the qualities and uses of available products ("Paper Is Soft," "Paper Keeps Things Clean," etc.), manufacturing ("Paper Is Made from Trees"), and recycling ("Saving Paper"). Silk describes the unique qualities of the material, the various types, origin, and silk farming. In both titles, "Fantastic Fact" sidebars and "Try This" activities dot the pages. Clear illustrations and appealing layouts enhance these presentations. Libraries owning Chris Oxlade's Paper (Heinemann Library, 2001) and Adele Richardson's Silk (Creative Education, 1999) may not need Llewellyn's titles but both are attractive introductions to their topics.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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