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?
Charles Santore's work is included in the permanent collections of The Brandywine Museum and The Museum of Modern Art. Among his influences are N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle. Santore has won many awards–he was awarded the Hamilton King Award from the New York Society of Illustrators; William the Curious garnered a 1998 Storytelling World Honor from Storytelling magazine; and among the numerous medals he has received from the Society of Illustrators, his most prized is a Gold Medal from the Original Art Show 2000 for A Stowaway on Noah’s Ark. His work has been included in traveling exhibitions, and both solo and group shows, such as "Myth, Magic, and Mystery: One Hundred Years of American Children's Book Illustration.” Santore's artwork for The Wizard of Oz is currently included in an Oz exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Summer 2006.
Charles Santore makes his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.