Cover Image: Jasmine Toguchi, Brave Explorer

Jasmine Toguchi, Brave Explorer

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What a delightful read!   My Media Center has other books in this series and this book will be a welcomed addition to the collection.  Jasmine and her family, which includes older sister, Sophie, her mom and her dad are all embarking on a family vacation to Japan.
Elementary school students will certainly be able to relate to the necessary preparation  for a trip.  The author touches on packing for a trip which can be fun and disconcerting at the same time.  She also introduces the complicated relationship between sisters which resounds throughout the book, coming to a satisfactory and loving conclusion.  
Excitement permeates the book.  Jasmine is open to exploration and the author conveys uncovering something for the first time beautifully.  The family relationships are explored as well as the exposure to a new culture, whose customs differ from what someone is accustomed to, .  The illustrations are so creative and clever
I especially liked the Author's Note and hope all readers will see it.  The history of chopsticks is defined and what's especially fun are the directions on how to use them.  It's simultaneously informational and entertaining!
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