Woven of the World

Chronicle. Feb. 2023. 44p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781452178066.
Gr 2-4–Our lives are woven from the many threads that come to form the tapestry that is our unique story as we live our days. In rhythmic and lyrical language and engaging illustrations, this book takes a historical journey around the globe celebrating the art of weaving. The main text barely hints at the sound of the warp and the weft, the threads and the fabric, while the pictures begin to hint at silk weaving in ancient China, then Egyptian elements, and so on, a journey through the world and time as weaving changes. A young protagonist in each scene slowly develops their own understanding that their life is woven together from the many threads that entwine through family, culture, and history to form their life. This young protagonist appears with an elder weaver in each scene, uniting that part of the story. Back matter provides a country-by-country breakdown of weaving traditions that are further explained. In addition to enlightening readers to the various weaving traditions, illustrations in natural tones featuring a whimsical blue cat connect the various cultures and create a sense of uniqueness in each culture and time that simultaneously connects the humanity of weavers and cultures.
VERDICT A wonderful introduction to the variety of weaving traditions, this title would be an ideal way to begin a unit on fiber arts in a classroom, or for readers to examine their own cultural backgrounds to explore their unique origins. Recommended.

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