This differs from Catherine Roberts' First Book of Sewing (p. 406) in being definitely a how-to book, with nothing of the history of sewing or the social values- and a great deal more about specific skills, techniques and articles to be made. The text gives girls the kind of instructions they can follow themselves with interest- as they go. The fundamentals of sewing- the cloth weave and fold, scissors and shears and how to cut with them, needles, simple stitches, the best way to lay out work, etc. are explained with a minimum of words. Then come simple things to make, things that constitute sewing practice as well as the opportunity to make something useful and pleasurable. These are aprons, pot holders, placemats, even a simple skirt and blouse. Whether one agrees with the author or not that sewing is one of the most satisfying things a girl can do, these introductory lessons will certainly satisfy anyone who wants to learn. Text is supplemented by pictures of girls and an occasional boy at work with needle and thread.