Top critical review
on October 22, 2015
Bullying, cleverness, and the immigrant experience. Yoon longs to join the schoolyard girls in jump rope, but is never invited, and not even given one by her mother on her birthday. Though Yoon does cherish the jade bracelet she is given, which was passed down in her family. When Yoon is finally given a chance to play with the other girls, she is eager to join, but one demands to borrow her jade bracelet. And then will not give it back. How will Yoon outsmart this bully?
It looks like this is actually one book in a series, released after the initial book received recognition. While the story is quite believable, it isn't structured very well. It feels slow, and a bit disjointed. I maiinly dislike the early section about Yoon's birthday, which feels like it should be shorter, and a bit earlier, to transition better to the play-yard.
The artwork, while not technically simple, will look to children as if it is something they may accomplish, which might lead to your little ones wanting to try out some painting. Be prepared to connect this book to an art day.
Overall, it's a mediocre book. Feel free to check it out, if your library has it, but don't feel like you're missing something if they don't.