Synopses & Reviews
What does worm spit have to do with the worlds most luxurious fabric? Travel to Thailand for a close-up look at wrigglers, weavers, and wearers of silk.
Join author and photographer Richard Sobol as he picks up his camera once more and travels to a small village in Thailand for an in-depth exploration of the story of silk and the labor-intensive process of making it. From nurturing the silkworms to weaving the fabric and photographing the children as they proudly model the finished product, this first-person narrative, illustrated with richly detailed photographs, chronicles the amazing process of creating one of historys most desired textiles.
"In this addition to the Traveling Photographer series, Sobol provides an intimate view of silk production in a small village in Thailand. Sobol's prose has a light and inquisitive tone, as he learns about the process of creating silk, which begins with silkworm eggs from a Bangkok farm and entails boiling the silkworm cocoons, capturing the unwinding silk fibers from the cocoons, and finally weaving the threads together. The people Sobol meets bring heart to the story: men enjoy a meal of boiled silkworms (the author politely declines), and four small girls giddily model silk dresses made in their village. Readers will be surprised and entranced by the origins of this ubiquitous fabric. Ages 6 10. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
an author and award-winning photographer, is the creator of the Traveling Photographer series of childrens books. When not traveling, he is home in Massachusetts with his family.
"Though my fashion choices usually center around denim, I was intrigued by the process of silk-making. I was fascinated when I learned that some of the worlds most expensive clothing comes from a worm!" — Richard Sobol