Monday, May 26, 2014

Children's Story: Toco Raccoon (2007)

It is morning. Sunlight reaches the riverside—

Here is Toco Raccoon, a very kind raccoon, washing a fig in morning light.

After breakfast, Toco washes his dish at the riverside. Then,  
Ranny Rabbit comes to him with a troubled face. Her charming long ears are down on her face.
“Good morning, Ranny. Why do you have such a troubled face?” Toco asks.  

“Good morning, Toco. It is because my hat blew away and stuck to such a high branch! I jumped and jumped as high as I could, but…”
“Let’s solve the problem,” Toco says and thinks how.
Toco takes a walnut and throws it towards the hat. The branch swings a little, as does her hat, but it does not fall.

“Toco, now I have a good idea,” Ranny says.
She jumps high and throws the walnut at the hat.
Now, it hits the hat and swings it strongly. Her hat falls to the ground—

but just before it is about to reach, the wind blows and the hat falls into the river.
“No!” when Toco and Ranny say—
Mr. Dan Duck quickly takes the hat with his bill.
“Here it is,” Mr. Dan Duck says helpfully as he gives the hat to Ranny.

“I am very happy. Thank you, Mr. Dan Duck. Thank you, Toko,” Ranny jumps back home.

It is afternoon.
Here is Toco Raccoon, a very kind raccoon, washing his pajamas at the riverside.

Fred Elephant comes with a troubled face. His long nose is folded and looks shorter than usual.
“Good afternoon, Fred. Why do you have such a troubled face?” Toco asks.  

“Good afternoon Toco. It is because I have constipation, meaning that I couldn’t poo for a few days. Poo stays in my tummy, so my body is heavy.”
“Let’s solve the problem,” Toco says and thinks how.
“Wait a minute,” Toco says and takes out a book called “Health Dictionary.”
“How to solve constipation,” Toco reads aloud from the book, “Eat many vegetables, fruits, and grains. Drink plenty of water. Exercise. Go to see a doctor if these don’t work out.”

“Really? Do you think I can solve my constipation if I follow these?” Fred Elephant wonders.  
“I am not sure, but you can try,” Toco Raccoon says.  
“Of course! I will.”
Toco Raccoon gives Fred Elephant some fresh apples that he has just washed.
“I will try. Thank you for your advice and for the apples,” Fred Elephant walks slowly to his home.

 
It is evening.
Here is Toco Raccoon, a very kind raccoon, washing a carrot for dinner.

After dinner Toco washes his dish at the riverside. Then, Tim Tiger comes with a troubled face. His energetic tail has no life.
“Good evening, Tim. Why do you have such a troubled face?” Toco asks.
“Good evening Toco. It is because my favorite mug was broken. I was drinking hot milk this morning and I dropped the cup by mistake. The mug was broken into pieces,” Tim looks down.
“Let’s solve the problem,” Toco says and thinks how. Tim Tiger stops crying and also thinks how.

How can they solve the problem if the cup is broken?

Night comes with no solution for Tim.

Before Toco and Tim say goodbye to each other, they close their eyes and pray together,
“Please let us solve the problem of the broken cup.”

Many birds are on the way back to their nests. The moon is about to glow after the sun finishes shining for the day.

The broken pieces of the cup are inside the garbage can in Tim’s backyard. These seem to have slept under the sunlight, but when the night comes, the lid of the can opens—

The pieces fly out into the air—

move towards the river—

and make a small bridge across the riverside.



It is morning. Sunlight reaches the riverside—

When Toco washes his breakfast the next morning, he finds a new bridge and goes to see Tim to tell about it.

After they go across the bridge—

they see many flowers and a small shop.

Tim finds a cup with a painting of a smiling moon in the shop—

and he buys it.

When they go back to the riverside, there is no longer a bridge.

“We cannot go home,” they once again have troubled faces.

There is Fred Elephant at the other side of shore.

“Toco! I ate more fruits and vegetables, drank more water, and did more exercise. Then, I did a lot of poo this morning! I feel fine and my body is much lighter. Thank you very much,” he shouts.

“You are welcome. By the way, we are stuck. We want to go across the river to your side,” Toco shouts.

Then, Fred Elephant makes his nose longer, making a great bridge over the riverside with his nose. Toco and Tim walk across and say to Fred Elephant,

“Thank you very much.”

1 comment:

  1. I like this story Chisako... I'll take time to read the others. I hope you get well.

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