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Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl

Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl

Jasmine Toguchi (Volume 3)

Debbi Michiko Florence; illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


It’s talent show time at school, and eight-year-old Jasmine Toguchi is excited to show her stuff. But as she thinks about her strengths—tree-climbing, mochi making, collage—none of them feel quite right to perform on-stage. Jasmine’s friends already have a talent: Tommy yo-yo’s, Daisy dances, and Linnie plays piano. Plus, Maggie Milsap (aka Miss Perfect) is saying she'll have the best talent.

When Jasmine’s mom introduces her to the taiko, a traditional Japanese drum, Jasmine finally finds an activity that feels just right. But will she be good enough at taiko in time to beat Maggie Milsap?

Join Jasmine as she discovers her talent—and the difference between being the best and trying your best.



Bong bong bong bing!

Ms. Sanchez, my third-grade teacher, played the start-of-the-day song on her xylophone. Everyone in room 5, including me, sat up straight at their desk and got quiet.


Praise for Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl

A Junior Library Guild Selection

"An enjoyable offering about trying new activities and finding just the right talent that makes us feel "free and strong and happy."" —Kirkus

Reviews from Goodreads

Debbi Michiko Florence; illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic

Debbi Michiko Florence is a third generation Japanese American, and has many fond memories of her family's traditions and growing up in California. Debbi now lives in Connecticut with her husband and their two ducks, Darcy and Lizzie.

Elizabet Vukovic received her MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. She specializes in children's book illustration, but enjoys experimenting with character design, concept art, fashion illustration, and decorative art. She currently resides in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Debbi and Elizabet are the author and illustrator of the Jasmine Toguchi series, including Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl, Jasmine Toguchi, Super Sleuth, and Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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