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Florence, Debbi Michiko

Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen

(2) 1-3 Illustrated by Elizabet Vuković. Every New Year, relatives gather at Jasmine's home to celebrate by making mochi, Japanese sweet rice cakes. Jasmine, eight, decides to break with tradition to become the first younger-than-ten helper. This series-starter introduces a plucky, strong-willed girl whose family traditions may be new to many readers but whose frustrations will be familiar to nearly all. Humorous illustrations help young audiences picture the mochi-making process.


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