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My Name Is Yoon (Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, 2004) Hardcover – April 3, 2003
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Teri Markson, Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School, Los Angeles
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Her first novel, GOODBYE WALTER MALINSKI(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999) was chosen a National Council for Social Studies Notable Trade Book, and her second novel WHERE HEROES HIDE(2002) also received many fine reviews.
In 2003, her first picture book MY NAME IS YOON was published by FSG. YOON was chosen as an outstanding book of the year by the New York Is Book Country Committee, and was also named an ALA Notable Children's Book and an IRA Notable Books for a Global Society. It was listed as a Best Book of the Year by Child Magazine,Family Magazine, Bank Street Books, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal, and it was also a Booklist Editors' Choice. YOON also received the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award.
YOON AND THE CHRISTMAS MITTEN (2006) was chosen an NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies book.
YOON AND THE JADE BRACELET(2008)
was chosen a Society of School Librarians International Honor Book and a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year.
Her books have been translated into Danish, French, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.
Helen says,"I remember my mother reading to me when I was two years old. My favorite books were Cinderella and The Pokey Little Puppy. I began writing my own stories and sharing them with my cousins when I was eight years old. When I was a teenager, I wrote a weekly column for a local newspaper."
Today Helen, mother of two grown sons, lives with her husband in the peaceful, woodsy town of Glocester, Rhode Island. Helen says, "I love reading and writing stories about interesting characters -- people trying to find their place in life, people with hope in their hearts."
Top Customer Reviews
Yoon isn't exactly thrilled to be in America. Wherever she looks, she sees that life is different in this strange new land. In Korea, where Yoon was born, her name meant Shining Wisdom. Despite her father's assurances that it means the same thing here, Yoon isn't so sure. And then there's the fact that when she writes her name using English characters, it's just a series of sticks and circles, whereas in Korean, "The symbols dance together". She's right. They do. Yoon carries her unhappiness to school where each day she learns a new word and makes that her name. One day it's cat. Another it's bird. Still another (and most amusingly) it's cupcake. In the end, Yoon learns to like her new country, supposing perhaps that maybe that being different can be good too. And in the end, she embraces her real name. "It still means Shining Wisdom".
I hate summarizing picture books where the plot, when written down, sounds so much hokier than it feels on the page. What I've just written sounds nice but bland. The book is anything but bland.Read more ›
She decides that she would like to go back to Korea because everything is different in America. Every day at school, her nice teacher asks her to write her name on a paper, and Yoon instead writes a different word that she has recently learned. The beautiful illustrations go along with these words, showing Yoon as a bird, cat, and cupcake. In the end Yoon realizes that perhaps America will be a good home, and that, "maybe different is good."
A great story for children to read, to aid in understanding and acceptance.
Young students can relate to the character, Yoon, on many levels.
Helen Recorvits' lovely words and Gabi Swiathkowaska's gorgeous illustrations present a story of assimilation that immigrant children often face in a new country. Clearly, this book can be used as a read-aloud and also as a prompt for classroom discussions of identity and related issues.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book to be an inaccurate and unattractive portrayal of korean culture. It needs a more aware writer, a good editor and more skillful illustrator, this one depicts the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Verseau
I purchased this book for one of my fifth grade students who is from Vietnam Nam. She loved this book, which she had read in her reading book, so I bought one for her to keep. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lori Lurquin
The power of your name. This is one of my favorite multiculture books. I love that the little girl realized the power of her name, no matter where it came from.Published 23 months ago by crazyoaks
Thank you for the great service, great book for our immigration unit. It gives another perspective of immigrants moving to another country.Published on September 30, 2013 by Patrice Caryl
The book brought back memories of my grandmother who had told a story of her necklace that she let someone hold. That was the last time she ever saw it. Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by Barbara
A gentle study of a young child adapting to a new culture.
A relative said it was reminiscent of how she felt when she first came to America.