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My Name Is Yoon (Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, 2004) Hardcover – April 3, 2003
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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.
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We love this book. Illustrations are beautiful. And its simple prose conveys Yoon's feelings so wellPublished 2 months ago by Megan O
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 20 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 on March 16, 2014 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.