Tofu Ling and his family, the Lings, are a family of mice that live in the floorboards of an artist shop. As the December celebrations are approaching, Tofu becomes very ill and needs to have special medicine to get better. While sick in bed, Tofu can see into the artist’s shop and when he does he sees a beautiful angel on top of the Christmas tree. He is in awe over the beautiful colors that stream down from the tree lights onto her white fur. Unbeknownst to Tofu, a new family of mice moves in next door to his family. When Lila, the daughter of the new mice family, with fur as white as snow introduces herself to Tofu, he mistakenly thinks that she is the angel from on top of the Christmas tree coming to visit him. Read and learn how Lila befriends Tofu and shows him how to thank his family for the love and support they gave him during his illness.This book is dedicated to three special children who have or have had a life threatening illness. Go to the back of the book to see their pictures, read their stories, and learn why their parents have chosen the charities to benefit from the sale of this book.
Rosanna gives an overview of the book:
Where Tofu lived, the crisp mornings and bare trees with their leaves blanketing the ground like a patchwork quilt signaled the start of the holiday season. The holidays in his area were like a rainbow of celebrations, each one with their own rich set of traditions that reflected each family's beliefs and customs.
It was an exciting time at school because the young mice were so happy to be sharing their special family customs with each other. One mouse told everyone his family celebrated St. Nicholas Day. He had a big smile when he told his friends Santa Nicky Mouse comes the evening before to bring all the children in the house special treats.
Zoe told her friends about Chanukah. She said her family lights candles on a menorah for eight days, and even though it isn’t part of the traditional holiday, her parents give her and her brother a small gift each of the eight days.
Zoe said, “In the evenings my brother and I play a game using a dreidel.”
The children were interested in learning about the dreidel game. Seeing their excitement, she agreed to bring the dreidel to school and teach them how to play the game and the meaning of the four Hebrew letters on the dreidel.
Quickly, Thomas said, “My family lights candles for seven days during Kwanzaa. My favorite day is when we light the Kuumba candle because we are reminded to use our creativity for the good of our family and community.”
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...