The Power of Persuasion


Another post in the fabulous celebration of the launch of the first two books in Debbi Michiko Florence’s debut chapter book series, Jasmine Toguchi! Hitting the shelves this week – Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen and Jasmine Toguchi, Super Sleuth. In Mochi Queen Jasmine is angry that her older sister, Sophie, is allowed to help in the kitchen with New Year’s celebration preparation, but Jasmine is stuck babysitting younger cousins. She uses all her winning powers to try to get her way. I’ve heard that teachers are using this book to talk about crafting persuasive arguments! Given that interesting use of this book,  I thought I’d pole some EMLA’s about things they wanted when they were Jasmine’s age.

Kate Silvensky wanted a cat! Half her family was allergic, though, and her parents and sister were more “dog people”, so ‘it was futile. Kate had lots of stuffed animals that were cats substitutes. Her favorite was named Dusty, and she had quite the personality. For never actually having a cat, Kate nailed the cat-itude rather perfectly with Dusty. Some of her friends were scared of Dusty the stuffed animal, because she wasn’t nice and if they pet her too long she’d “hiss” at them. Ultimately, within months of leaving school and starting her first full time job, Kate adopted a cat. 🙂 (For the record, he’s much nicer than Dusty!)

Katrina Knudson also really wanted a cat! Her family loved animals, but her dad and brother were both severely allergic too. Once her brother found a kitten that had been thrown out of a car, and he brought her home. Katrina named her Taffy, and made up a whole song about her. The words were, “Her name is Taffy, Taffy, and she’s my cat, my cat!” Katrina’s mom then made it clear that Taffy was only staying one night before heading for a shelter. Katrina changed her song to a minor key, and sang it in between sobs. For a while, Katrina got a lot of cat-themed sweatshirts, sheets, and mugs for Christmases and birthdays, but it didn’t fill the void.

Like Jasmine I longed to be able to partake in traditions before my parents thought I was ready. I was sure I was old enough to light the candles at Sabbath dinners and especially when Chanukah rolled around. It took all my powers of persuasion and many supervised match lighting sessions, but I finally prevailed and as I recall it was still far earlier than any of my friends got to handle “fire.”

You’ll have to run out and buy Mochi Queen to see how Jasmine made her case. Enter to win a copy by midnight EST Sunday July 16th. One entry per one comment per post this launch week for a maximum total of five entries. The winner will be drawn at random. Must have U.S. mailing address. Good luck!

FullSizeRenderDarcey Rosenblatt’s debut novel will be published by Henry Holt/MacMillan in August 2017. LOST BOYS, an historic fiction, tells the story of a 12-year old Iranian boy sent to fight in the Iran Iraq war in 1982. With her critique group she runs the Better Books Workshop – an annual small deep craft conference held in Northern California.



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4 responses to “The Power of Persuasion

  1. The only thing better than a cat is another cat. Thanks y’all.

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  2. David McMullin

    These cat stories are fantastic, but being a dog person, I’ll avoid the cats and read the Jasmine Toguchi books instead.

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  3. I’m really interested to know how Jasmine makes her case,

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  4. This book is such an important book to add to classroom libraries!


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