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My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits
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Aug 08, 12

bookshelves: community, cultural-identity, families, friendship, literacy, names, picture-book, school, teachers, immigration
Read in August, 2012

After her family moves from Korea to the United States, Yoon dislikes the way her name looks in English and decides she'd rather be called CAT, BIRD, or CUPCAKE, anything but Yoon. An accepting teacher who lets her choose her own name at her own pace and a friendly classmate who offers her a snack help her feel comfortable about claiming her own name and cultural identity. My favorite part of this picture book is the last page in which Yoon says that her name means the same thing, whether it is written in Korean or English. The illustrations lovingly depict Yoon's every emotion throughout the book, anxious about school, worried about her name, longing to return to Korea, and then, face shining with pride at the meaning of her name.
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