Most people know that silk is a special fabric that is derived from the silkworm. A few others may be aware that it originated in ancient China. Numerous other fascinating facts about silk are clearly explained in this in-depth biography. Readers will learn about the life cycle of the silkworm. Vibrant photographs show how thousands of silkworms are fed and cared for. The process of unraveling silk filament from the cocoon is described. Additionally, a detailed history of silk is provided. The Chinese people used silk for elaborate clothing as well as fans, kites, and toys. The development of trade routes led to the spread of silk goods to European countries. Today, silk is still desirable even though man-made synthetic alternatives are popular. This book successfully manages to make an ordinary topic extremely interesting to read and learn about. It is part of the "How did That Get Here?" series.