Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen
Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen
Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen
Elizabet Vukovic, Debbi Michiko Florence
A Junior Library Guild Fall 2017 SelectionAn Amazon's Best Children's Books of 2017An Evanston Public Library's 101 Great Books for Kids List 2017A Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Books 2017A 2017 Nerdy Book Club Award WinnerThe 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?

Book Details


  • Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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The book Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen is about a girl named Jasmine Toguchi who wants to roll mochi with her older sister, Sophie. There's one problem, though; you have to be 10 to roll mochi and Jasmine is only 8. Mochi is a gooey Japanese rice dessert. Jasmine decides to pound the rice for mochi instead. But with that, there's another problem: pounding mochi is traditionally reserved for boys, and the mochi hammer is heavier than it looks.

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