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Kindergarten-Grade 2–The endearing heroine of My Name Is Yoon (Farrar, 2003) is learning about Santa Claus and the North Pole at school. She is captivated, but her parents insist that …we are not a Christmas family. We are a Korean family. However, after Yoon points out that they are both American and Korean, her parents figure out a way to meld a Christmas tradition with their own New Year's celebration. Yoon's round and expressive face is depicted as captivated, joyous, and implacable by turns, and her holiday imaginings are rendered as sprightly, juggling Korean-looking elves and a surreal but childlike North Pole. Her parents are rather suddenly and easily convinced to let the tradition of Santa into their home, but children and parents alike will be charmed by Yoon's yearning and determination to experience a bit of Christmas magic.–Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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Recorvits continues the story begun in My Name Is Yoon (2003) in this picture book about a Korean girl's struggles with her classroom's holiday preparations. When Yoon brings home a book about Christmas, her parents tell her, "We are Korean. Santa Claus is not our custom." Still, Yoon decorates a bush outside her home and pins up a mitten, instead of a stocking, hoping Santa will visit:. "America is our home now. Are we not both Korean and American?" On Christmas morning, there's a present and a candy cane waiting for her. It's somewhat confusing that Christmas is portrayed here only as a cultural holiday. There's no mention of Christianity at all. As in the previous title, though, Recorvits tells an affecting story about reconciling cultural identity, beautifully brought to life in Swiatkowska's evocative, feathery portraits and dreamscapes. Gillian Engberg
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