PICKING & WEAVING by Bijou Le Tord


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The subject is cotton, from cotton plant flowers to an occasion that may have escaped your notice, ""Cotton Day at school""--when there's ""an exhibit,"" a ""fashion show,"" and a big hand from the author: ""Cotton is King!"" (If there's a Cotton Institute of America, they should be applauding too.) On the practical side, many steps in the process are simply not illustrated by the pictures here. The cotton fields, and the cotton plants themselves, look the same ""When the cotton plant flowers,"" when ""a seedpod or cotton boll grows,"" and when ""it bursts open showing the white, fluffy cotton flower."" Then, when the text reads ""After the cotton bales are unloaded and weighed, they are broken, fluffed, beaten, and rolled into a thick blanket called a lap""--what we see is the everyday sight of a truck backing into a weighing dock, and that's all. The text explains the technology of cotton-processing; the illustrations are generalized and decorative. A non-starter except, maybe, for children of cotton-mill workers.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1980
Publisher: Four Winds