Cover image for The Silk Princess
Title:
The Silk Princess
Author:
Santore, Charles.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House Children's Books, [2007]

©2007
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 27 cm
Summary:
After a cocoon falls into her tea cup and unravels to form a long, delicate thread, Hsi-Ling Chi, a princess in ancient China, meets a mysterious man who reveals how to transform the cocoons into silk.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 5.5 0.5 120866.
ISBN:
9780375836640

9780375936647
Format :
Book

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Princess Hsi-Ling Chi has heard tales of a sleeping dragon and ancient gods residing in the Holy Mountains beyond her father's palace. But when she emerges from the gates for the first time, she is not afraid. She has with her a magical thread unraveled from a tiny cocoon that dropped into the Empress's teacup, and she knows it will lead her back to the palace garden. But she is very far from home when she notices that the thread has broken, and that she is lost. How will she find her way back? And will the secret of silk be lost forever?


Author Notes

Children's book illustrator Charles Santore was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1935. He won the 1998 Storytelling World Honor from Storytelling magazine for his book William the Curious and received the Hamilton King award from the New York Society of Illustrators. Santore's work is permanently displayed at the Museum of Modern Art and the Brandywine River Museum.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Santore's title retells the legend of how silk was discovered. In this version, a young princess spots a cocoon tumble into her mother's teacup. Inside the liquid, the cocoon unravels, and the princess wonders how far the thread will stretch. She ties one end to her waist, hands her mother the remaining thread, and slowly walks away, letting the string unravel as she goes. Her game turns into a wild adventure that brings her past the castle walls and into the mountains, where she meets a dragon and then a wise man, who teaches her how to weave the thread into brilliant silk cloth. At last, she returns to her mother and shares her secret, to the delight of all the court. The text, printed in a font that is too small, tells an exciting, vivid tale, but it's Santore's exquisitely detailed artwork, combining beautiful character close-ups with scenes resembling traditional Chinese landscapes, that is so extraordinary. As in Deborah Noyes' Red Butterfly, no specific sources are cited, but an author's note gives more background about the legends of silk's discovery.--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2007 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Santore's original tale is an elaboration of the legend regarding the discovery of silk some 5000 years ago during China's ancient Middle Kingdom. The Emperor's daughter watches a cocoon fall from a mulberry tree into her mother's teacup and unravel in the hot liquid. Curious, the child finds that she can stretch the single unraveled thread through the palace grounds and up onto the nearby mountain, where she meets a very old man-a silk weaver-who tells her the secret of harvesting the cocoons and weaving cloth. Santore has combined paint, black and red inks, oil pastel, and colored pencil to form detailed double-page illustrations that are clearly the focus of the book. Variations of perspective add depth to his paintings; his careful choice of color and incredible detail in clothing, buildings and structures, natural landscapes, and a wonderful dragon add an element of magic. The tiny print size further emphasizes the illustrations, but makes for tedious reading. In several jarring scenes, certain characters' faces-emperor, princess, and old weaver-appear to be drawn from live figures while others are painted in the same Chinese folk style as the scenery. Despite the lovely pictures, this is a marginal purchase for most collections.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.