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Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen

(Jasmine Toguchi #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  458 ratings  ·  128 reviews
Grace Kendall at Farrar, Straus and Giroux has preempted a chapter book series by Debbi Michiko Florence, about headstrong eight-year-old Jasmine Toguchi and her Japanese-American family. The first book, Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen, is about yearning to be part of a fun family tradition, even if it's not something girls typically do. Publication begins in spring 2017.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published July 10th 2017)
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Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute series about a determined Japanese American girl who won't let anyone stand in the way of her doing mochi-tsuki! It has the standard beg. chapter book plot lines of a pesky cousin & an annoying older sister but what shines about this book is that it's #ownvoices/fills a much needed multicultural void in beg. chapter books. There aren't many beginning chapter series about Japanese American kids. Nice illustrations too. I love the addition of a mochi recipe at the end of the book (kids ca ...more
Kate Olson
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Move over Ramona Quimby, there's a new feisty little sister on the pages! Jasmine Toguchi is dying to be a part of her family's traditional mochi-making event, but everyone tells her she's just not old enough yet. She'll show THEM! It was an absolute delight to read this early chapter book and see Jasmine's fierce determination to prove she IS old enough and IS strong enough and she CAN pound mochi even though she's a girl! There are beautiful black-and-white illustrations interspersed with the ...more
Ms. Yingling
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jasmine is looking forward to her family's New Year celebration. Her grandmother is coming from Japan to spend a month, and her cousins and aunts and uncles will be spending two days making mochi, a Japanese treat made by pounding sticky rice and molding it into shapes. They will then have their New Year's celebration. Jasmine is angry that her older sister, Sophie, is allowed to help in the kitchen because she is over ten. Jasmine is not, so she gets stuck
Elly Swartz
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jasmine Toguchi – Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence is a wonderful story about a strong third grader named Jasmine. I fell in love with Jasmine on page one when she said, “I, Jasmine Toguchi, do not like to clean! But I do like to climb trees, eat dessert, and make messes.” She’s spunky, brave, and determined to break tradition. This eight-year-old girl can do anything she sets her mind to. In the end, she learns that strength is more than the muscles on your skinny arms. As her sister Sophi ...more
Jason Gallaher
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jasmine has such a fun personality! She is so determined to make a mark in her family's mochi making traditions, you can't help but root for her!
Jen Petro-Roy
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, arc, childrens, ebook
So fantastic. I loved Jasmine's determination, and the details about mochi and the family's traditions were so well-described and explained.
Dov Zeller
Jasmine Toguchi, a young Japanese-American girl, wants to help her family make mochi for the new year, a family tradition that brings family members in from near and far, including her grandmother and aunts and uncles and several cousins. But, according to family tradition, she is too young to be part of the mochi making and is expected to stay on the sidelines and do younger kid stuff. Meanwhile, her bossy-and-not-so-pleasant older sister and her mean cousin get to help. Jasmine is frustrated a ...more
What an admirable (and adorable) effort from eight-year-old Jasmine to prove to her family that she is strong enough to pound mochi with the boys. Points for incorporating Japanese American identity and cultural traditions, well-developed characters, and some sibling rivalry/love.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
a really cute story about a Japanese American girl wanting to join the family tradition of making mochi but bumping up against rules of age and gender that say she can't help. of course, the rules are nothing to a girl with a will 😊
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book! I love Jasmine, and I cannot wait for more adventures in future books!
Michelle Athy
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books
Jasmine Toguchi is a determined, smart Japanese-American eight-year-old who wants to pound the mochi for New Year's. Except only the men in her family do the mochi-tsuki! She wants to participate but worries that she's not strong enough to wield the hammer to pound the sticky rice into mochi.

What a cute, heartwarming story--perfect, I think, for my nieces, who are part Japanese-American and in the reading age range. And it evoked memories for me, of helping my grandmother make mochi in her kitc
Mississippi Library Commission
Jasmine Toguchi is hands down one of our new favorite heroines. She's independent, she's got gumption, and she bucks tradition, but that doesn't mean she's not a total sweetheart, too. We loved her interactions with her family, from her Obaachan (grandmother) and her parents to her older sister and baby cousins. It was lovely and refreshing to see a portrayal of an extended family carrying on traditions with new generations, and Florence does an especially good job here as she explores Japanese- ...more
Bridgett Brown
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.
Eight-year-old Jasmine Toguchi is sick of being a babysitter. She wants to help make the Mochi. Mochi is a sticky rice treat that is made into shapes. The adults tell her you can help when your over 10. Jasmine don't like that. Not only does she want to help, she wants to do the "man" job of pounding rice, instead of making them into rice balls.
A very cute story. My daughter really liked it.
Olivia Hinebaugh
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was so sweet. Put me squarely back into feeling invisible as a middle child, but in a fun way? My kids were delighted by reading this aloud. I loved that there is a girl character who strives to be strong and important. Also, my kids and I can't wait to try the mochi recipe. :P
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Super cute first book of a new series about a Japanese American girl and her family living in Los Angeles! Fun family dynamics and cultural elements as Jasmine participates in mochitsuki for the New Year. I liked that the author included a simple microwave mochi recipe at the end as well!
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute early chapter book full of girl power,

2nd/3rd grade
Maren Prestegaard
Little one read this one in about 60 minutes flat. There was the promise of mochi afterwards.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
Adorable new series for early elementary. Love!!
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute, cute, cute! Defintely a great book series to give to those beginning chapter book readers who are ready for something besides Junie B Jones or Princess Posey.
Catherine Braiding
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this one with my five year old recently, because he saw it on my shelf and decided the cover looked awesome. And it was.

The chapters are the right length for a kid who loves stories but has ADHD, and we'd often get through multiple chapters a night. Jasmine is smart and funny, and her problems with her family (being too little and having to wait, being the wrong gender for the activity she wants to do) resonated with Alex, who is a second child and wants to be a ballerina when he grows u
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful book. A very early reader (I’d say 2-4th grade). It’s for early readers, but it doesn’t talk down to them. Michiko Florence respects her characters and her audience. Watch out Ramona, Jasmine Toguchi’s coming for you!
Lesley Burnap
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect for independent readers in grade 2 (late) or 3+. Love the Mochi Queen for introducing me to a fantabulous 3rd grader and her wonderful family! Love the relationships between siblings and cousins! This book was also great for teaching me about mochi-tsuki. (Don't worry, there's a recipe and more information in the back!)
Katie Slivensky
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic story for any young go-getter! Jasmine wants to help her family with a special tradition, but keeps being told she can't. She's not old enough. She's a girl. But Jasmine won't take no for an answer, and goes after her ambition anyway. I was cheering so much for her throughout, and I am sure there are many young readers who will do the same. A great read teaching kids that they can break boundaries if they have enough determination.

(As a side effect, I also really want some m
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: k-3-chapter-book
How refreshing to read this chapter book about head strong 8-year-old Jasmine, whose Japanese traditions are cherished in her upbringing. As the youngest child of her family and cousins not including the 4-year-old twin cousins, Jasmine is furious that she isn't yet able to help make mochi balls. This is a complicated treat the entire family including grandmother Obaachan and everyone else except the little twins creates together for their New Year's celebration. How can she help? Perhaps changi ...more
Andrea Wang
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chapter-books
I loved this story about Jasmine Toguchi, a Japanese American girl who is eager to take part in her family's mochi-making tradition for the Japanese New Year holiday. The only problem? She's too young. Jasmine's spirit and determination in the face of obstacles like her bossy older sister and her mean cousin are wonderful to see. The book is a great introduction to Japanese culture and gently touches upon the cultural gap between Jasmine and her grandmother, making it a good read for anytime of ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chapter-books
First, I love the design of this book, the colors and look of the cover are ace. Then, I like the relatability of a girl who wants to do something designated for older kids, and for boys. Then, I like that this explores the tradition of making mochi for the new year, and other aspects of Japanese and Japanese American culture. The drawings complement the story beautifully. And I really like this line too:
"But sometimes with parents you have to make them feel important." :)
Marta Boksenbaum
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
A story about a young Japanese-American girl who wants to help her family make mochi for the new year, but she is too young, and she wants to pound the rice which is a job for men, not little girls. Jasmine is a stubborn girl who knows her mind, and readers will root for her to get a chance to help in the way she wants.
Michele Knott
So thrilled with this new series - can't wait to read more Jasmine adventures!
I love Jasmine's spunk, her attitude, and her thinking! She is going to delight young readers.
Becky B
Jasmine Toguchi is tired of being the little sister and only getting to do things after her big sister gets to experience them. For once, she'd like to do something Sophie has never done. As the extended family gathers to celebrate mochi-tsuki on New Years, Jasmine is determined to get involved somehow. Sophie will get to help the women make mochi in the kitchen this year because she's ten now. Jasmine is only eight, but she's thinking up a way to convince the adults to let her do something besi ...more
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jasmine Toguchi is a strong female character that readers will enjoy befriending. In this first installment Jasmine understands how important traditions and rules are in her family, but she also believes that some rules don't make a lot of sense. Author Debbi Florence shows in a heartwarming manner what it means to be a younger sibling, how the chance to be first at some milestone is difficult, and how we all would like a chance at being the first at something new. Jasmine is determined to help ...more
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I write full time in my cozy studio, The Word Nest. I am the author of the chapter book series Jasmine Toguchi about a spunky Japanese American 8yo girl. The books are Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen; Jasmine Toguchi, Super Sleuth; Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl; and Jasmine Toguchi, Flamingo Keeper (FSG/207 and 2018).

I am also the author of the early chapter book series Dorothy and Toto (Picture Win

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Jasmine Toguchi (4 books)
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