Author(s): Debbi Michiko Florence
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-yos, 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.
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Debbi Michiko Florence is a third generation Japanese American, and has many fond memories of her family's traditions while growing up in California. Debbi now lives in Connecticut with her husband, their two ducks, Darcy and Lizzy, and their bunny, Aki. Visit her online at debbimichikoflorence.com
Elizabet Vukovic received her BFA 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. Visit her online at elizabetvukovic.com