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Getting to feel at home in a new country

Yoon’s name means Shining Wisdom, and when she writes it in Korean, it looks happy, like dancing figures. But her father tells her that she must learn to write it in English. In English, all the lines and circles stand alone, which is just how Yoon feels in the United States. Yoon isn’t sure that she wants to be YOON. At her new scho
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Hardcover, 29 pages
Published April 3rd 2003 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Kristen Herzog
My Name is Yoon by Helen Ricorvits is a story about a little girl named Yoon who moves here with her family from Korea. She isn't excited about going to school because she knows that it will be different. The story proceeds with her writing her name as many different things all because she thinks it would be better to be anything but how her name is written in English. Not my favorite read because it doesn't really have a whole lot of storyline to it and I would say that it would be classified a ...more
Charmie McKinney
My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits and illustration by Gabi Swiatkowska

This book is about a little girl name Yoon. Yoon and her family had moved to the United States from Korea. She was not happy about the move. She wanted to move back to Korea. The story opened with her father explaining that she had to learn to write her name in English. Yoon, meaning Shining Wisdom, didn't like the way her named looked in English. She preferred the Korean way. At school Yoon tried different names. On the firs
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(NS) Dana
Yoon is a young child that has moved from Korea to America with her family. Her father tells her that she must start to learn things in English and begins by teaching his daughter how to spell her name, Yoon, in English. At the start of her new school Yoon is not sure that is the name she wants to be. As she learns new words from school and friends she tries them out for her own name. As this little girl becomes more comfortable with herself in her new country, she finds her place and is happy t ...more
NS-Christine Johnson
Yoon is new to the United States. Her family is from Korea. Before she starts school, Yoon's father teaches her to write her name in English. Yoon doesn't like the way it looks. She likes the way her name looks "happy" in Korean. She talks about how "the symbols dance together". In Korean her name means Shining Wisdom. Yoon likes the Korean way better. Her father reminds her that her name will still mean Shinging Wisdom, but she needs to learn to write it in English.

On Yoon's first day of schoo
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Laura Rumohr
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My Name is Yoon is a picture book for children in grades k-2. In this story, a young girl moved with her family to the United States from Korea. Upon arriving to the US, her father insisted that she learn how to write her name in English. In Korean, Yoon’s name means “Shining Wisdom” and is a beautiful blend of symbols. Although she didn’t like the look of “Yoon” in English, she learned how to write it with individual lines and circles. When Yoon went to school, her teacher asked her to
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Michelle Doerr
My Name Is Yoon is a great story for all young children to read. I characterize this story as realistic fiction for nursery and primary readers. Yoon is new to the United States from Korea and she feel like she doesn't quite fit in, like she stands alone. When her father teaches her to write her name in English, she does not like how it looks. Yoon has to learn how to face change at a young age and fit in to a new lifestyle. The illustrations, which won the new illustrator award in 2004, and the ...more
Errin Tucker
I gave this story a rating of 4 stars and is written for children P-I. This book is considered a Contemporary Realistic Fiction. My Name is Yoon has been awarded the Ezra Keatz New Illustrator Award in 2004.

This story was about a young girl who moved to America with her dad. In the beginning she had a hard time adjusting, especially with not being able to speak English, but by the end she learned to adjust.

I think this story would the be a great book for elementary students. The pictures were g
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538am_Kelly O'Hara
Kirkus reviewed and winner of several awards: ALA Notable Children's Books, Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award (2004), and Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year (2008), My Name is Yoon explores the feelings of a child who has immigrated. Yoon does not want to change where she lives or change her name from Korean to English and she resists by imagining her name to be various English words. There is a familiar repetition to the story as she first hears a new English word, then writes tha ...more
Lindsey
This book is about young Yoon, probably around 6-years-old, who has come to America from Korea. Yoon is getting ready to attend school in the US and is not excited, and is really wishing to go back to Korea. Her father shows her how to write her name in English, and she is upset with how her letters seem to stand alone instead of how her name appears in Korean, which she describes as happy symbols. Her teacher is patient with her, each day introducing a new word to the class. Each day after the ...more
Adria
My Name is Yoon is a sweet story about a little girl that has trouble adjusting to her new life in America. Before she goes to school, her father shows her how to write her name in English, but Yoon does not like how her name looks in English. She would rather write it in Korean because in Korean it looks happy and the characters dance together. At school, she assumes different names, other than Yoon, such as: Cat, Bird and Cupcake. Throughout the story she repeatedly explains her loneliness in ...more
(NS) Becca
Written by Helen Recorvits, illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska, published by Douglas and McIntyre (2003). Recommended for grades k-2.

This is a humorous picture book that explores the feelings a young korean girl as she enters an American school. She struggles with the adjustment to a new language and wants to keep her name as it is in the Korean language. She fights writing her name in english by making up different names for herself, including "bird" and "cat." By the end of the story Yoon has lea
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Tc
This is a very sweet story about a new student who recently moved to the United States from Korea. What I like about this book is how this short book addresses so many feelings and changes in so few pages. Yoon does not want to be in America, and is having a little trouble adjusting, but after time she begins to feel more comfortable. This would be great to read aloud in a class and opening a discussion on when the students have felt uncomfortable in a new situation. Reading this book would be u ...more
Alexandra Russo
Yoon is a recent immigrant from Korea. She has just come to America, and her father instructs her on how to write her name in English. When he writes it down, she does not like it; "My name looks happy in Korean [...] the symbols dance together." In Korean, Yoon's name means shining wisdown; her father assures it that it still has the same meaning in English. Along with her English name, Yoon does not like America. On her first day of school, her teacher writes various words on the board, then i ...more
Erica Pak
Summary:My Name is Yoon is a children's book written by Helen Recorvits. This book is about a little girl named Yoon. Yoon moved to America form Korea and is very connected with her name, so she becomes upset when she is told that she needs to begin writing her name in English and not Korean. Yoon is not happy with this idea because she loves her Korean name how it looks and sounds, and she feels that the English spelling of her name is not very pretty or fun, so instead of writing her actual na ...more
Brittany Martz
Yoon and her family just moved to America from Korea. She is starting a new school and learning new things about American culture. Her father told her that her American name would be Yoon now and that is the name she would have to use at school. Yoon did not like her new name because her old name was shown as symbols and she felt that the symbols danced together. Yoon felt like she had lost her identity since her name changed. Her father told her that no matter what her name would always still m ...more
Brittany Martz
Yoon and her family just moved to America from Korea. She is starting a new school and learning new things about American culture. Her father told her that her American name would be Yoon now and that is the name she would have to use at school. Yoon did not like her new name because her old name was shown as symbols and she felt that the symbols danced together. Yoon felt like she had lost her identity since her name changed. Her father told her that no matter what her name would always still m ...more
Victoria Hylind
Yoon and her family move from Korea to America. Yoon is very reluctant to conform to the American ways of life. She doesn't want to speak English or spell her name Y O O N. She has pride in her Korean culture and likes that her name means shining wisdom. While she is at school and is learning how to write, she uses the word she learns that day as her name. She is BIRD, CAT, and CUPCAKE. Yoon soon realizes that she can write her name YOON and still keep her culture. This book would be a great boo ...more
Meltha
There is a sweetness to this story of a little girl feeling alone in the U.S. and missing her home in Korea. Her struggle to keep her spelling, then to become someone else entirely, until finally she melds her own name to English letters is actually quite sad at times, and the homesickness and loneliness she feels is understandable. The illustrations were intriguing to me. Many of them were set up to have multiple layers, and at times there was a slight sense of disorientation in the way they we ...more
Ferdye Bamaca-forkel
This is a wonderful story about a young Korean girl who has moved to America with her family. At school when she writes her name Yoon in English for the first time, she decides that she likes her Korean characters more than the English version. 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 beauti ...more
Lydia
My Name Is Yoon is a beautifully crafted text about cultural assimilation, immigration, and korean culture. Also embracing freedom in writing the book is a wonderful text to celebrate varied languages and creativity. My favorite line from the book is, "my name looks happy in Korean...The symbols dance together."
Gina
Disliking her name as written in English, Korean-born Yoon, or shining wisdom, refers to herself as cat, bird, and cupcake, as a way to feel more comfortable in her new school and new country. Yoon has moved from Korea to the U.S and feels most comfortable writing in her native language. I love the ongoing fact that Yoon does not want to write in the English language. This teaches students that no matter what language it is written in, they all have the same meaning. Also, it shows the transitio ...more
Julian Franklin
My Name Is Yoon is a great story book that shares the journey of young Yoon to America and transition to American schools and lifestyle. Yoon is a very independent child, who disagrees with what her teacher asks her to do. This book can be used in the classroom to help with transitions for students from other countries, and even help with first day jitters. The value of Yoon's name is stressed in this book, which opens the classroom up to why we have names and why they are important. This book c ...more
Jess Farabaugh
My name is Yoon is a book about a young girl and her family that have moved to the US from Korea. Yoon is experiencing the difficulty in transitioning into a new culture and a new school. She expresses during the book how much she wants to go back home. She likes how she writes her name in Korean better than English because it looks "happy". Throughout the book her teacher asks her to write her name in english but instead YOON writes other words she learned like cupcake, cat and bird. Yoons pare ...more
Ken Martin
My Name Is Yoon is about a little girl who is struggling with loosing her identity/culture. She moved from Korea to America and is dealing with her parents pushing the American way on her. Yoon misses her country and is having trouble with everyone wanting her to adopt the American way. Eventually Yoon becomes okay with American ways but realizes that it will never take away her Korean culture. I would read this book to my class in the beginning of the year to help with new students. This book w ...more
Robyn Watt
Great book for DLL, make a chart in the classroom with the children's names on it and have them tell what they think their names mean, also have the dual language learners in the class tell what their names mean in their home language
Elizabeth Lauver
My Name is Yoon, by Helen Recorvits, was a very compelling book. This book helped to take you into the mind of a child that is in an area that is not familiar and new. This book would be a great book to read to a classroom before a new student is to enter the classroom. This can allow your students to understand that it can be very difficult to be in a new place that you do not know. I loved how the author made it real for Yoon to not enjoy being in a new place at first. This is a major aspect w ...more
Caroline Barnett
My Name Is Yoon is a great book to have, and read in your classroom, especially for students who are new to the school or the country. This book would be great for these students to relate to.
Alyssa Fortna
This book is about a young girl named Yoon, and her family, that move to the United States from Korea. She starts school in America, and has a bit of trouble adapting to the cultural differences, and frequently mentions that she wants to go back to Korea. She explains that she doesn’t like how her name looks when it is written in English, because when it is written in Korean, it looks “happy.” During the story, Yoon’s teacher constantly asks her to write her name in English, but instead, she wri ...more
Alexandria Stephens
My Name is Yoon is a story about a girl who struggles to write in English when she immigrates from Korea. She mainly draws and uses drawings as a way to convey her thoughts. This book relays the struggles that many immigrants encounter when they come to a new school unfamiliar to them. This story can be great for English Language Learners who are struggling with writing in English. Educators can allow students to draw and slowly migrate from drawings to drawings and labeling to eventually writin ...more
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