Book review: Where Did My Clothes Come From?, by Chris Butterworth, illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti

Butterworth, Chris. Where Did My Clothes Come From? Illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti. Candlewick Press, 2015. Unp. $12.99. 9780763677503. Ages 5-3rd Grade. Q8 P7

Butterworth ClothesThis informative little book introduces children to the world of textiles. Butterworth focuses on cotton, wool, silk, synthetics, and rubber. He also includes little blurbs about other animal or plant-based textiles throughout the book. The reader meets the source of the raw textile—a plant, animal, or chemical. Then we are taken through the steps it takes to transform a raw material into the fabric to make our jeans and party dresses, often showing the workers stitching, knitting, and harvesting. While Butterworth does not mention the controversial politics surrounding where our clothes come from, he heavily emphasizes the importance of recycling, repurposing, and donating our old clothes in order to reduce waste. Gaggliotti’s stylized illustrations are nicely simplified and easy to understand. The inclusion of close-ups shows important texture and detail. This book is great for young children interested in creating their own clothes, or those who are curious about the hard work it takes to create their favorite soccer jersey.

October 2015 review by Lillian Curanzy.

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