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Children's LiteratureThis broad overview of cotton covers all the salient facts in a style that is comprehensive and a text that is highly readable. Topics include countries where cotton is grown and the process from seed to fiber to fabric. The history of cotton from ancient times through its spread to England and America and the improvements made in processing during the Industrial Revolution are briefly covered. It does not shy away from the difficult issues of slavery in the South and the harsh working conditions in the mill towns of the Northeast. The layout and design is visually attractive and the book is useful for research or casual browsing. The text, broken up as it is by colorful photos, drawings, and sidebars, makes it very reader friendly. A bibliography and index are included. Part of the "How Did That Get There?" series. 2006, Crabtree, and Ages 10 to 12.