My Name Is Yoon

My Name Is Yoon

Book - 2003
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Getting to feel at home in a new country

Yoon's name means Shining Wisdom, and when she writes it in Korean, it looks happy, like dancing figures. But her father tells her that she must learn to write it in English. In English, all the lines and circles stand alone, which is just how Yoon feels in the United States. Yoon isn't sure that she wants to be YOON. At her new school, she tries out different names - maybe CAT or BIRD. Maybe CUPCAKE!

Helen Recorvits's spare and inspiring story about a little girl finding her place in a new country is given luminous pictures filled with surprising vistas and dreamscapes by Gabi Swiatkowska.

My Name Is Yoon is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Frances Foster, 2003
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374351144
0374351147
Branch Call Number: EASY FIC Rec
Characteristics: np : illus
Additional Contributors: Swiatkowska, Gabi, illus

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megannorthcote Mar 15, 2016

This is a gentle, yet humorous story to read to older elementary school students about what it's like for students from other countries who move to America and have trouble fitting in. Yoon, a little girl from Korea, must learn to write her name using the English alphabet. Because she is embarrassed and uncomfortable by how her real name looks in English, she pretends that her name is something different - cupcake, cat, bird - but in the end, comes to accept who she really is. This is a great book to use when talking with students about how to accept themselves and avoid peer pressure or bullying.

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muffinpopcorn
Oct 17, 2015

Quite a good story , enjoyable .

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