Tofu Ling is the first in the series of books about Tofu and his family. The Ling family are mice that live in the floor boards of an artist shop. While the Lings are busy preparing for the fall harvest, Tofu is busy day dreaming and using his imagination to discover the world around him. When faced with a harsh winter read how Tofu and the Lings survive and learn how each of them contributes their talents to the family.
Rosanna gives an overview of the book:
It was an early fall morning and Tofu was sitting spellbound on the rocks near the pond. The sun began to slowly peek over the hills. As it rose in the sky, it made the dew on the leaves sparkle like tiny diamonds. Tofu tapped lightly on a leaf as he watched the liquid diamonds slipping gently onto the blades of grass below. Tofu had been busy daydreaming about the wonderful summer and the colorful fall that was quickly passing. He was a little sad as he thought about the upcoming winter. Winters could be very harsh and not very pleasant where he lived. Soon, the pond in the Japanese Tea Garden would be frozen and all of the flowers would go to sleep for the winter. His thoughts were interrupted when the sun broke above the ornamental tree and began to shine brightly on him. He knew that his family would be awake by now and that he should head for home. Tofu walked solemnly for awhile, but soon his step quickened as he thought of a new day’s adventure.
Tofu Ling was a character that I have thought about for a long time. I had chosen a mouse to depict this character because his size is small and this creature has to always look up to see the world just as children do. I wanted children to understand that even though they are small and young that they offer the world a fresh and interesting view of it and that there are so many things that they can do. I wanted the readers to stop and see the beauty of the world as if seeing it for the first time. There are many symbolisms and lessons throughout the story and I hope that the readers will take the time to discover them as they read the story many times.
The book is meant to be a read-to-me story and that is why the vocabulary is a higher level than the average children’s book. I believe that it is important that a higher vocabulary be modeled for children to cultivate their literary knowledge. The size of the book was selected so that while reading the story Lynda’s breathtaking illustrations surround the reader to create a full experience of beauty and literature.
I am a published author of eight textbooks and conduct teacher and parent workshops across the country. I like to use children's literature as way to enhance and enrich cross-curricular activities. I have published five children's books in the Tofu Ling Series and the first...
As a librarian and two year member of the American Library Association's Newbery-Caldecott Committee, I was instantly drawn to the spinning movement and characterizations of "Tofu Ling", written by Rosanna...