From the Series Lerner Natural Science

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Silkworms are not actually worms at all. They are the caterpillars of a large white moth. Many moth caterpillars produce silk thread inside their bodies, but the thread of the silkworm is so fine and strong that human beings use it to make a beautiful fabric. In countries like Japan, people raise millions of silkworms on farms and take their thread to be processed into silk cloth. Readers of this book will find out how silk farmers process silk and what role this amazing thread plays in the life cycle of the silkworm moth.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Science
Copyright 1982
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 1982-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
Dewey 638
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7.25 x 8.625
Features Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, and Reviewed


Science Books & Films

“Teachers will find Silkworms a good science book to read to their classes in the lower grades or for assignment reading for fourth graders and older. The depth and breadth of coverage make this book interesting to a wide range of audiences and allow discussion on many levels so that repeated exposures continue to be rewarding . In sum, Johnson and Kishida have collaborated with text and photographs to produce a fine book that informs the novice without alienating the professional.”
Science Books & Films

School Library Journal

“The attention to highly accurate anatomy, life cycles and detailed close-up photographs never ceases to amaze me; and the writing is easy to comprehend.”
School Library Journal

Scientific American

“This small book with its dramatic and detailed color photographs of silkworm culture at every stage is a remarkable study of insect metamorphosis. It will be admired and enjoyed by any young person who has ever seen that transformation or wondered about it.”
Scientific American

Photographer: Isao Kishida