Float Plan

Study Guide for use with the book
Takashi’s Voyage


84 pages. Softcover
ISBN 0-945582-52-8



"Takashi’s Voyage was an excellent addition to our district’s reading and language curriculum. It lends itself perfectly not only to NJ history and reading/language, but math, geography, and science as well."

This educational work book, to be used in conjunction with Takashi’s Voyage, has been designed to address many areas of learning: social studies, language arts, creative thinking, geography, science, music, mathematics, drama, and more.

All too often, books are read and put aside, opportunities for learning missed. This “float plan” can help parents, teachers and children delve into greater knowledge of subjects covered in the book. Most of the activities are great for rainy day fun!


Takashi’s Voyage, is being adopted as part of the school curriculum in many 4th grades. A comprehensive teacher’s study guide to accompany this book is now available. We have titled this guidebook—in keeping with sailing terminology — the ?Float Plan?, and are offering it to parents and educators as an educational workbook that may be used to further children’s enjoyment of the book.

— Chris Wilson, 4th grade teacher, Kindle Elementary School, Woodbury, NJ

"While winning the hearts of all its readers, Takashi comes alive as a real person and friend. My 4th graders felt they were part of the crew and shared in the excitement." 

— Irene Reeves, 4th grade teacher,
Ocean City, NJ, Intermediate School

"The interest level of your wonderful book seems to capture all ages. The students have been enthralled. This is particularly noteworthy because this is a group generally very difficult to interest and motivate when it comes to reading."

— Cynthia Hart
Ocean City, NJ, Intermediate School

"The children really loved reading your book."

— Cheryl Chay, Wilkinson School, Sarasota, FL

"I purchased the book for myself and my son to read this summer. I decided half way through the book that this would make an excellent unit for my elementary Gifted and Talented Classes!?

— Mary Ann Devine, G/T teacher K-8,
Northfield, NJ, Public Schools

?We followed Tashi around the world and up the coast


learning about constellations • learning to tie nautical knots
singing sea shanties • making "hardtack" and tea ’n ’lasses • using Morse code and signal flags • solving crossword, word search and tangram puzzles • making a mobile • learning about wildlife and much more!

In this fact-based adventure, Takashi, a young Japanese boy is shanghaied aboard the Sindia, a sailing ship bound for New York at the turn of the century. As the Sindia heads for Cape Horn, Takashi’s love of sailing overcomes his homesickness and the hardships of a long journey... but nothing could prepare him for the climactic conclusion of his voyage along the New Jersey coast. This is a fictional adventure story based on an actual shipwreck that occurred in 1901 in Ocean City, New Jersey. After being shanghaied aboard the bark Sindia and surviving a shipwreck on the New Jersey Shore, a twelve-year old Japanese boy finds himself thousands of miles from his home and family — alone on the bustling docks of New York City. The year is 1901, and Takashi has made his way to New York’s South Street Seaport, determined to find passage home. Our resilient young hero’s adventure continues in this sequel to Takashi’s Voyage. The book includes a nautical glossary, a cookie recipe, and an author’s note about the difference between fact and fiction in a historical novel.
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