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Yoon and the Christmas Mitten Hardcover – October 31, 2006

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From School Library Journal

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); English Language edition (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374386889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374386887
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,279,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Korean born Yoon shows full respectfulness to her parents as they stand firm for keeping Korean holidays, rather than adopting North American ones. Yet she finds appropriate ways to sustain an on-going conversation to try to persuade them. In the end, the strength and happiness of Yoon's family grows even richer. I love the values this book teaches young children AND their parents. Beautifully crafted narrative, and beautifully illustrated -- satisfying to adults as well as children.
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Yoon, is a little girl who came to the United States from Korea. It is a country "far away", she says as she narrates this sweet holiday story.

Yoon's teacher reads a story about Mr Santa Claus, and how he brings presents on Christmas Eve. This is something new to Yoon, so when he teacher lets her bring home the book to share with he family, she is thrilled. He parents, however, are NOT so thrilled. They tell Yoon, "We are not a Christmas family", adding that their holiday is "New Year's Day". Yoon is mad at her parent's reaction and cannot understand why they do not like Santa Claus, or Christmas.

The next day Yoon and her classmates make popcorn balls to take home and to hang on the trees for the birds. Yoon's mother is upset because she does not like birds or squirrels. Yoon then begins to tell her mother about Santa's reindeer, but again she is stopped mid way when her mother says, "we are not a Christmas family". But, Yoon does not give up that easily, she begs her parents to allow her to leave out her bright red mitten on the night before Christmas. Her parents reluctantly agree, and she attaches the red mitten to the corner of her bed before she goes to sleep. When she wakes up she finds something special was left for her after all.

Yoon and the Christmas Mitten was a very sweet and touching story. It was the perfect type of book that would allow teachers and parents to discuss the holiday and how it is celebrated by people of other cultures. The watercolor illustrations by Gabi Swiatkowska was just lovely and the way they are drawn depicts what a young child who is different from most others in school, might be feeling or experiencing. Well done and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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it would've been nice if the author actually did some research on recent korean culture or is this book about korea in 1950?
i am over 30 years old and my family always celebrated christmas and my kindergarten hired santa clause to give out presents to the kids.
i came across this book today at the library and i will never read this to my kids.
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Non denominational,full of the spirit that fills us all at special times of the year. Expressions of family,emotions of fitting in(or not),cultural traditions and innocent wonderment that touch adults and young ones alike. Beautiful,warm and memorable.
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I loved this story--5 stars!
Disappointed in the cover, which had a plastic protector but had a line drawn over the library's barcode beneath.
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