JASMINE TOGUCHI • Drummer Girl
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.
I Wanna Be a Cowgirl
Grab your boots and spurs and hat—it’s time to be a cowgirl!
Way out west, the warm winds blow. The grass grows high, the sun hangs low. I’ll find a farm, there I’ll go, and I’ll become a cowgirl.
From sun up to sun down, the girl in this story pretends to be a cowgirl as she pulls on her (rain) boots, saddles up her (stick) horse, and gallops off through the (backyard) hills. Filled with humor and imaginative play, this sweet story from Angela DiTerlizzi captures the dream of zillions of little girls everywhere—the dream of being a cowgirl!
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"I Wanna Be A Cowgirl" | Beach Lane (Fall 2017)
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