Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen

Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen

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A Junior Library Guild Fall 2017 Selection
An Amazon's Best Children's Books of 2017
An Evanston Public Library's 101 Great Books for Kids List 2017
A Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Books 2017
A 2017 Nerdy Book Club Award Winner

The first book in a new chapter book series featuring a spunky Japanese-American heroine!

Eight-year-old Jasmine Toguchi is a flamingo fan, tree climber, and top-notch mess-maker!

She's also tired of her big sister, Sophie, always getting to do things first. For once, Jasmine wishes SHE could do something before Sophie -- something special, something different. The New Year approaches, and as the Toguchi family gathers in Los Angeles to celebrate, Jasmine is jealous that her sister gets to help roll mochi balls by hand with the women. Her mom says that Jasmine is still too young to join in, so she hatches a plan to help the men pound the mochi rice instead. Surely her sister has never done THAT before.

But pounding mochi is traditionally reserved for boys. And the mochi hammer is heavier than it looks. Can Jasmine build her case and her mochi-making muscles in time for New Year's Day?

Publisher: New York :, Farrar Straus Giroux,, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780374304102
Branch Call Number: J FLO
Additional Contributors: Vukovic, Elizabet - Illustrator


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LiztheLibrarian Feb 12, 2018

This is a great beginning chapter book for those kids who are ready for something more than Junie B Jones or Princess Posey. Jasmine is a spitfire, and kids will love her tenacity and determination.

ArapahoeMary Dec 12, 2017

Only 8, Jasmine is told she is still too young to join in the annual New Year's mochi-making celebration called Mochi-tsuki. Jasmine is determined to find a way to help, though - not by rolling the mochi balls, which is the women's job, but by pounding the mochi like the male relatives. Will she find a way to prove her strength?Young readers newer to chapter books will enjoy reading about Jasmine's tight-knit family and personal determination, as well as learning about a Japanese tradition which may be unfamiliar.

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