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By William Kincaid
The Daily Standard
April 13, 2020
A daughter writes a loving tribute to her father, World War II mapmaker and Bronze Star recipient Richard E. Clark
An American hero who played a crucial role in World War II with the U.S. Army’s 95th Infantry Division — the legendary “Iron Men of Metz” — is the subject of a new book written by his daughter.
“My Father — The Mapmaker, His Life and His Art: The Odyssey of the 95th Victory= Division World War II” chronicles the life of Richard E. Clark with a blend of history and Clark’s own artworks, maps, sketches and speeches. It’s told through the distinct voice of his daughter,Lynda C. Porter. Porter enjoyed a distinguished
career as an art educator and worked for a period at Lima City Schools, before retiring and writing the book.
Aside from inhabiting a crucial position with the 95th Infantry Division, one that resulted in him receiving the Bronze Award for leadership in Lt. Gen. George Patton’s victorious Battle of the Metz in 1944, Clark had ties to Celina...
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AUTHOR SHARES LITERARY LOVE
WITH PEDIATRIC CLINIC
By Hilary Anrade
PeaceHealth Medical Group Pediatrics'
The Caregiver - PeaceHealth Medical Group Pediatrics'
Inspiring Young Minds...PeaceHealth Medical Group Pediatrics’ Reach Out and Read program received a substantial donation from local author Rosanna Porter last week. Rosanna presented Pediatrics caregivers with 150 of her charming books, which will allow young Pediatrics patients to get lost in her captivating literary tales.
This was Rosanna’s second major donation to PHMG Bellingham Pediatrics. Beautiful artwork from her book illustrations continues to adorn the walls of the clinic.
About the author
Rosanna began her professional writing career as the author of ten Rand McNally’s social studies programs for grades fourth through 12th grade. She is a former elementary and middle school teacher, and she is currently an instructor in the summer youth and extended education programs at Western Washington University.
Her children’s literature book series are the Tofu Ling books: Tofu Ling, Tofu Ling and the Carp Banner, Tofu Ling and the Angel, and Tofu Ling Sets Sail; The Chronicles of Princess Naughty books: Dancing Princesses and Explorers’ Club; The S.O.S Boys mystery chapter books: Mystery on Orcas Island, Espionage at One Hundred Fathom CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL ARTICLE.
LOCAL ILLUSTRATOR TAKES
THE PAGE BY STORM
By Shaughnessy Sparks
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
| MAPLE VALLEY ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT NEWS - Raisykinder Publishing, a company based out of Bellingham, Washington “dedicated to publishing quality children’s literature that [they] hope will spark children’s imagination, creativity, and love of reading”, has a rising star within their staff.
Their illustrator, Tessa Asato, a recent graduate from Western Washington University, uses her main form of black line drawing to create the characters of the book series The S.O.S Boys of which two books exist: The S.O.S Boys: Mystery on Orcas Island and The S.O.S Boys: Espionage at one Hundred Fathoms. Her distinct artistic form brings the characters to life as she uses simplistic lines to create complex details. Not only does she use her talent for art for these children books, she has also expanded to other types of media such as posters, bookmarks, and presenting plaques..... CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL ARTICLE.
EVENT BRINGS BOOKS TO LIFE FOR THIRD-GRADERS
Photo by Phillip Dwyer
By Zoe Fraley. BELLINGHAM HERALD
| BELLINGHAM HERALD - Happy Valley students join in ‘Tofu Ling’ performance. As a dragon emerged from the blue waves before them, a group of Happy Valley third-graders broke into a measured scream. The students weren’t at risk of losing life or limb. The sea was in a classroom, and the dragon was a puppet, but it didn’t make it any less fun for the children to scream along. The third-graders provided sound effects and sang as
students from Western Washington University acted out scenes from the book “Tofu Ling Sets Sail.” The WWU students are elementary education
majors in professor Gaye Green’s arts methodology course, and the performance is part of the art education department’s Bringing Books to Life program. The author, Rosanna Porter,told the tale of the sea-fairing adventures of a mouse named Tofu as the WWU students acted out the story in masks and with props.... CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL ARTICLE.
TOFU LING AND THE CARP BANNER COMES TO LIFE AT SUNNYLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Bringing Books to Life Series
| Tofu Ling and the Carp Banner Comes to Life at Sunnyland Elementary School: Bringing Books to Life Series, Raisykinder Publishing Newsletter. Author Rosanna Porter tells the story of her award-winning book, “Tofu Ling and the Carp Banner” with her puppet, Dragon, while the university students performed for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders at Sunnyland Elementary School on Tuesday, December 6. The production was part of a program that combines visual art, theater, dance, music, and literary works.
“It was better than a Mt. Baker theater performance I saw recently,” said a 2nd grade girl.
Rosanna Porter told the story as the university students pantomimed the story. During scene changes, the students sang in Japanese the Koinobori song that describes the carp banners on Tango No Sekku Festival flying in the breeze. The students who were “water” made waves as the “fish” swam up the stream.
There was a lot of action as the students did Taekwondo sparring to imitate the tournament that took place in the story. The university students kept their audience mesmerized as the story unfolded and of course, Dragon was up to his usual naughtiness.
Tofu Ling and the Carp Banner won the 2009 Moonbeam Children book award.
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MOONBEAM AWARD SHINES ITS LIGHT
By Beverly Crichfield.
SKAGIT VALLEY HERALD
|Moonbeam Award Shines Its Light on Sisters-in-law by Beverly Crichfield, Photos by Frank Varga. SKAGIT VALLEY HERALD. Who would have known the magic combination for an award-winning children's book could be found just an in-law away? Former teacher Rosanna Porter had been fishing around for a suitable illustrator for her first children's book, "Tofu Ling," about a small mouse whose family learns the meaning of cooperation to survive a harsh winter together. She'd sent her book to several publishing houses in New York who wanted to pair her with illustrators of their choice. But Porter wasn't impressed. The suggested illustrations were too "cartoonish," too childish for a book Porter had meant more as literature with a message than silly fun."I wanted this book to be good literature and good art," the Bellingham resident said. On a whim, Porter decided to send a manuscript to her sister-in-law, Lynda Porter, a successful artist who had worked with various art groups around the world and had created an art and music program....
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WHIMSICAL ART BRINGS 'TOFU LING'
BOOK SERIES TO LIFE
By ELAINE WALKER. News editor. ANACORTES AMERICAN
|Whimsical Art Brings 'Tofu Ling' Book Series to Life by Elaine Walker, News editor. ANACORTES AMERICAN. A cute little brown Japanese mouse with a good heart is bringing joy to children and acclaim to sisters-in-law Rosanna Porter and Lynda Porter, who teamed up to create a charming series of children’s books and finger puppets based on their furry character “Tofu Ling.”
Rosanna, a Bellingham writer, created the young mouse and his artistic world. Unfortunately, the New York publishing houses that were interested in printing the first Tofu story wanted her to use silly or cartoonish illustrations that did not complement the thoughtful material. She found a kindred creative mind when she turned to Lynda, an Anacortes-based artist.
“We wanted it to have artistic value,” Lynda said.
Rosanna’s descriptions of the characters and their values brought instant images to Lynda’s mind, putting her into her own mouse world “I fell in love with Tofu because he does not always approach life in the traditional sense...
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||Rosanna Porter and her Dragon visiting the Anacortes School District: Rosanna Porter and illustrator, Lynda C. Porter, visited all the elementary schools in the Anacortes School District. Since Tofu Ling Sets Sail takes place in the Pacific Northwest, it was a great story to share with the students.
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