Drummer Girl

by Debbi Michiko Florence and Elizabet Vukovic Book 3 of the Jasmine Toguchi Series

When Jasmine discovers that her school is holding a talent show, she wonders how... read more

When Jasmine discovers that her school is holding a talent show, she wonders how she’ll choose among her many talents. But as she learns her classmates’ plans (dancing, piano playing, yoyo tricks), Jasmine begins to question whether she can do anything as impressive. New student Maggie’s incessant bragging about her skills as a violinist intensify Jasmine’s anxiety. With her mother’s help, Jasmine comes up with an idea that she’s eager to pursue: playing taiko, a traditional Japanese drum. Although Jasmine continues to worry—proficiency doesn’t come instantly—with lessons from her mom’s college friend and diligent practice she credibly masters a simple drum routine for the talent show. This latest entry in a series starring a contemporary Japanese American eight-year-old continues to serve up appealing and realistic drama well suited to its audience. (Ages 6–9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2019

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