Sunday, April 14, 2019

~ MMGM THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF CLOTHES ~

~ MARVELOUS MIDDLE-GRADE
MONDAY NON-FICTION FEATURE ~
--  'THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF CLOTHES'  --
AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR EMMA DAMON




ABOUT THE BOOK {from Amazon}:

Playful, informative, with every page a visual delight, Emma Damon explores the amazing range of ways in which we dress ourselves, all over the world.

See what children wear in Siberia, in the Sahara desert of at the Vietnamese Moon Festival...


Learn how to wear a sari or kimono...


Find out about the special clothes worn by astronauts, firemen and deep-sea divers, and see amazing hats, shoes and jewellery from all around the world.


Then look to the future, with recycling, 3D printers and space-age fabrics. 


Come and explore the wonderful world of clothes - and be inspired to design your own!


MY THOUGHTS:

This is a colorful oversized book with beautiful watercolor illustrations painted by the author. 

Each page is jam-packed with information and illustrations which answer the folowing questions about clothes around the world: 

  • Who?
  • What?
  • Where?
  • When?
  • Why?
  • How?

The author covers important topics such as clothing worn by people doing special jobs--firefighters and astronauts, clothing worn to wear to play sports and games, clothing worn by six world religions, and clothing worn for special occasions and festivals. 

This author also includes accessories in the book, so young readers will get a peek into the what and why of jewelry and decorations and an assortment accessories such as hats, belts, shoes, and clothes fasteners {snaps, buttons, zippers, etc.}.

I especially enjoyed the 'Fabulous Fabrics' section where the author explains the likes and differences between natural fibers such as wool, cashmere, Alpaca wool, cotton, and silk. There is also a brief blurb about man-made/synthetic fabrics such as nylon, polyester, and Lycra.

Toward the end of the book, she illustrates the life cycle of a pair of jeans, which I happen to think middle-graders would find fascinating. She moves on to a section about recycling clothes and shares several different examples from around the world of the ways in which recyclable materials such as tires are being made into sandals in Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia. She points out that shiploads of old clothing from India are sent to countries which make the clothes into fabric and then into new clothes.

The author finishes the text with a thought-provoking section on how technology is being used in the 21st century to design and make new fabrics and designs. She mentions a dress made from a 3D printer--something which I personally have trouble wrapping my mind around!

The back matter is a Glossary, which I believe learners will find helpful.

This author/illustrator does an exceptional job of including a diverse group of cultures, religions, and people with disabilities in her artwork. Her illustrations reflect our world's various cultures, religions, and traditions. 

Highly-recommended for middle-grade readers, teachers, parents/grandparents, librarians, and those interested in learning about this subject matter.

I borrowed this book from the non-fiction New Books shelf in the children's section of the local public library.

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5 comments:

  1. This also sounds like it is a multicultural book -- that teaches kids about clothing styles from around the world. Fun read, but great resource.

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  2. Sounds like a very informative book for kids. I also like to recycle jeans - totes, purses, aprons, quilts, etc.

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  3. An entire book about clothes! May not be my favorite topic but I know dozens who would enjoy the content. Thanks for finding this one.

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  4. Sounds like a fun book. The history of jeans sounds interesting. And had to laugh at Greg's comment.

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  5. Wow. This sounds fascinating. The recycling aspect is particularly interesting. Thanks for the review.

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