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The Name Jar Paperback – October 14, 2003
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The new kid in school needs a new name! Or does she?
Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week. Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from. But while Unhei practices being a Suzy, Laura, or Amanda, one of her classmates comes to her neighborhood and discovers her real name and its special meaning. On the day of her name choosing, the name jar has mysteriously disappeared. Encouraged by her new friends, Unhei chooses her own Korean name and helps everyone pronounce it--"Yoon-Hey.
About the Author
Yangsook Choi grew up in Seoul, Korea. She has written and illustrated several books for young readers, including The Sun Girl and the Moon Boy and Good-bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong by Frances Park and Ginger Park. The first book she illustrated, Nim and the War Effort by Milly Lee, was an ALA Notable Book and an IRA–CBC Children’s Book Award Winner.
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This is such a great multicultural story and a great way to explore a different culture, Korean, and my students love learning some of the tidbits of information about Korea revealed through the story. The illustrations are beautiful, colorful, and very detailed. The story is a bit lengthy, but it can hold my second graders' attention. Most importantly, I love the messages in the story: 1. We should embrace other cultures and their customs 2. Be proud to be unique and celebrate what makes you unique and don't change for anyone.
You will not be disappointed with this book!
Now as a mom of a 15-month-old, this book was an important one for me to add to his library. While immigration is not an issue our family faces directly, we do live in a state with a large immigrant population. As my son ages I will read him this book often and hope to have discussions such as the ones I had with my students so that he will understand how his friends at school who are new to the country may feel.
I think every child could benefit from reading this book, and it should be a staple in any child's library. I especially recommend it for children who live in areas with a high immigrant population, for all classrooms, and of course for students who's families have immigrated as well.
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All of the adults in Unhei’s life were supportive and kind.Read more