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Tofu Ling Sets Sail
Tofu Ling Sets Sail
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Rosanna gives an overview of the book:

Tofu and his cousin are invited to visit their uncle who is a fisherman in the Pacific Northwest. When their uncle gives the boys a little skiff to fix up, they learn about teamwork, friendship, the sea, and a special song their Uncle Hiroshi teaches them. He tells the boys the sailors sing this song to bring them back safely to the docks. On the night before their maiden voyage on the little skiff, they decide to sleep onboard so they can set sail early the next morning. However, during the night, the little skiff slips free from its mooring and, with the boys onboard drifts, out to sea. When the boys wakeup, they soon realize they are no longer at their uncle’s dock. Fortunately, they remembered the song and discover the song names places along the way that they need to sail towards in order to find their way back to their Uncle’s docks. Singing the song and...
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Tofu and his cousin are invited to visit their uncle who is a fisherman in the Pacific Northwest. When their uncle gives the boys a little skiff to fix up, they learn about teamwork, friendship, the sea, and a special song their Uncle Hiroshi teaches them. He tells the boys the sailors sing this song to bring them back safely to the docks. On the night before their maiden voyage on the little skiff, they decide to sleep onboard so they can set sail early the next morning. However, during the night, the little skiff slips free from its mooring and, with the boys onboard drifts, out to sea. When the boys wakeup, they soon realize they are no longer at their uncle’s dock. Fortunately, they remembered the song and discover the song names places along the way that they need to sail towards in order to find their way back to their Uncle’s docks. Singing the song and sailing in the direction of the places, they return safely to their uncle’s dock and cabin.

 There is a song that can be sung while reading the book. The song is at the bottom of each page in the book and online at Raisykinder Publishing.

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As the warm breeze carried the sweet scent of blooming flowers, it reminded Tofu why he liked the summer months. Suddenly, he heard his Mama laughing in the garden and went to find out what was so funny.

As he walked under the Tori gate into the garden, he saw her sitting and reading a letter. He knew from her expression the letter had to be from her brother, Tofu's Uncle Hiroshi Nakamura, who was a fisherman on the islands. Uncle Hiroshi could always make his Mama laugh with his tales of adventure on his boat the "Rising Sun."

When Tofu's Mama saw him she said, “Tofu! Good news, Uncle Hiroshi wrote and wants you to go visit him for a few weeks on the island."

Tofu was so excited, he started to jump up and down. Then, he gave his Mama a big hug and kiss and ran up to his cubbyhole bedroom to pack.  His family, the Lings, lived in the floorboards of an artist's shop.
Tofu knew THIS was going to be the best summer EVER!

After a few days, Tofu, with all his gear, arrived at Uncle Hiroshi's cabin.

The cabin was situated along the water's edge with a porch and dock connected to it. Uncle Hiroshi's large fishing boats were tied up to the dock and bobbed up and down in rhythm to the sea. Bells on the boats were clanging while the ropes stretched and creaked in unison.

Uncle Hiroshi told Tofu, "The boats dance to the sea while the bells and the ropes play its song." He continued, "Take in that fresh sea air, my boy."

rosanna-i-porter's picture

I wrote this story while sailing around the Pacific Northwest in the Puget Sound area. Dragon Island is actually Cypress Island -- it reminded me of a dragon when I rounded Lummi Island during a foggy voyage.

About Rosanna

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...

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Published Reviews

Oct.13.2008

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...