Blue Jeans Before the Store

From the Set Before the Store

Explains how cotton is grown and harvested to make fabric; discusses how blue jeans fabric is made at a mill and how the fabric is sewn together to make jeans at a factory; and how blue jeans become available to consumers.

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  • On the Cotton Farm
  • At a Textile Mill
  • At a Blue Jeans Factory
  • Into Your Closet
  • Blue Jeans Map
  • Glossary
  • Books and Web Sites
  • Index 3
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Dewey 687
ATOS Reading Level 3.7
Guided Reading Level N
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Hosted ebook
ISBN 9781623231576
Copyright 2013
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 8 x 9.5
Graphics Full-color photographs, Full-color illustrations

A noteworthy review of Before the Store from Booklist on April 1, 2012

The Before the Store series seeks to prove that something as unremarkable as a comfortable pair of blue jeans can have a very complex provenance. Using a combination of full-color photographs, illustrations, and simple text, this volume explains the origins of basic denim pants, from cotton growing in a sunny field through its harvest and ginning to the textile mill and into the store. A numbered ‘Blue Jeans Map’ includes a simple photo and description of each step of the production process. A glossary clarifies technical terms, and a list of websites for further research is included. While the book does not mention other ramifications of the manufacture of blue jeans, such as international labor issues or the environmental impact of the dying process, it does provoke a certain amount of thought about everyday objects and may lead kids to wonder about the origins of many other seemingly prosaic items close at hand.

Author: Jody Jensen Shaffer

Jody Jensen Shaffer is the author of 24 books of fiction and nonfiction for children. She also publishes poetry, stories, and articles in children's magazines. When she's not writing, Shaffer copy edits for children's publishers. She works from her home in Missouri. Visit Shaffer at

Illustrator: Dan McGeehan

Dan McGeehan has been a freelance illustrator for fifteen years. During that time his art has appeared on many magazines, in many children's books, and under a lot of scrutiny all around the world. He currently lives in Oklahoma with his wife, their two daughters, and everybody's two cats.