Book Review: My Name is Yoon

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My Name is Yoon 

Written by Helen Recorvits
Illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska
Published April 3, 2003 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux 
Genre/Topics: Cultural, Realistic Fiction, Korean 
Ages: 6+, 32 pages
Awards: Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award (2004), Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year (2008)
 

Yoon has moved to the United States from Korea and now must adjust to her new life. Her father tells her that now she must learn how to write her name in English. However, Yoon doesn’t want to write her name in English and feels her name looks happy in Korean. It means Shining Wisdom, but her father reminds her that even when written in English her name still means Shining Wisdom. When she attends school she learns about cat and must write her name on the paper, but she doesn’t want to write Yoon. Instead, she wrote cat on each line. Yoon doesn’t fit in and has no friends. She wants to go back to Korea where she is happy and the teacher likes her. A girl at recess gives Yoon a cupcake and Yoon decides that her schoolmates will like her if she is a cupcake. Finally, she writes her name as Yoon. She writes her name in English and it means Shining Wisdom.

I enjoyed this cultural book about fitting into a new place. Yoon wanted to still be in Korea and didn’t want to fit in at first. Slowly, she learned that different is good and she can still be herself too.

Yoon’s name written in Korean.

 
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5 thoughts on “Book Review: My Name is Yoon

    thiskidreviewsbooks said:
    June 7, 2012 at 5:14 am

    These are great illustrations!

      pinay e-motion said:
      June 7, 2012 at 7:11 am

      I love it! I believe many children will be able to relate from the story “Yoon.”
      Do you also write children’s story?

      Caroline responded:
      June 7, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Yes, they appear to be watercolors. Thanks for your comment.

      Caroline responded:
      June 7, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Yes, they look to be watercolors. Thanks for your comment.

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