Author Lucinda Hathaway will read her book “Round the World: Takashi Sails Home” and present a program about the writing process Friday, Aug. 26 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Coastal Children’s Museum, located at Sharp’s Point South, 75 Mechanic St.

Hathaway also will teach the children how to fold a paper crane as her enchanting story is about a 12-year-old Japanese boy who lands alone in New York City after surviving a shipwreck and finds his way home.

“Round the World” was inspired by the real wreck of the sailing vessel Sindia, which was grounded off the coast of New Jersey in 1901.  the vessel’s freight of Japanese pottery is displayed in the Ocean City Historical Museum, as is a half-model of the ship that is described as being “carved by the Japanese cabin-boy.” This artifact inspired the character of Takashi and his adventures. Maine history also is incorporated into the story as Takashi sails home via the coast of Maine, even boarding the Camden schooner Lewis R. French.

The workshop will be held in the Book Nook of the Coastal Children’s Museum and is appropriate for children age 6- to 12-years-old and their families. The workshop is free for members and included in the price of admission for non-members.

For more information or to reserve a spot, send email to; call the office at 596-0300 or stop by the museum. Information about upcoming events and available memberships can be found online at

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to