A regular peans of praise for the industrious silkworm and a do-it-yourself text on silk moth farming, this book leaves few questions unanswered on the art of sericulture. Weaving legend with recorded fact, the author traces the history of silk production from its inception in China 2640 B.C. to its present status throughout the world. How the Chinese kept their secret for over 3000 years and how men risked their lives to steal it makes fascinating reading; even technical details of breeding and culture become completely absorbing in Miss Cooper's capable hands. As she points out, many classrooms experiment with silkworm culture, even to growing mulberry trees and skinning their own raw silk. For such a class her book contains invaluable advice, including time tables, directions, and sources of supply. This would also be a valuable addition to the hobby collection.