Unraveling Fibers

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Gr 3-5-Keeler looks at the sources of plant, animal, and synthetic fibers; describes the processes used to extract them from their natural states; and provides examples of finished products. Brief sections written in clear but dry prose depict the harvesting of flax, cotton, and jute; the gathering of wool, llama and alpaca hair, angora, mohair, cashmere, and silk; and the production of rayon, polyester, and KevlarR. The advantages of each material are related. The final section focuses on research designed to induce the growth of polymers in plants. Full-color photographs accompany the text; diagrams of enlarged fibers supplement the photos. Unfamiliar vocabulary is defined contextually. While much of the material can be found elsewhere, this is an attractive, profusely illustrated overview that will be useful to report writers and those who wonder about the origins of things.-Nancy E. Curran, Decatur Public Schools, IL
Carolyn Phelan
From general remarks about fibers and how they are spun, then woven or knitted into cloth, this book proceeds to more detailed discussions of natural fibers from plants (flax, cotton, jute) and animals (wool, cashmere, silk), and synthetic fibers (rayon, polyester, Kevlar). Throughout the book, small full-color photographs provide clear views of the fibers in many stages of growth and production. The last page speculates about possible fibers of the future. The clarity of both text and illustration makes this a useful introduction to fibers, their production, and their uses.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780689317774
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.94 (w) x 11.03 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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