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The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
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Jul 06, 12

bookshelves: classroom-library

Genre: Picture Book, Multicultural Literature, Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Lexile: 290L
F&P Level: L
Age: Primary

Unhei has just moved to America from Korea and is nervous about the first day of school. After being laughed at on the bus, Unhei decides not to share her name with her new classmates. Her class decides to brainstorm new names for her to choose from and they compile all of their ideas in a jar on Unhei's desk. With encouragement from a new friend at school and another in the local Korean market, Unhei proudly announces that she is keeping her Korean name.

I loved The Name Jar and Unhei. I think that this book has an excellent message for children about cultural acceptance. It is a great opportunity for all children to find pride in the origins of their names and their different cultures.

The Name Jar challenges you to find pride and meaning in where you come from.

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