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Yoon and the Jade Bracelet

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  160 ratings  ·  47 reviews
It is Yoon's birthday and all she wants is a jump rope so she can play with the other girls in the school yard. Instead, Yoon's mother gives her a Korean storybook about a silly girl who is tricked by a tiger. Yoon also receives a jade bracelet that once belonged to her grandmother. The next day at school, a girl offers to teach Yoon how to jump rope, but for a price: she ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Oct 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Relyn by: I love the illustrator
This was a witty story. One that will help children learn now to handle bullies and sneaky people. I loved it. And, of course, I love the illustrations.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yoon is new at school. It's almost her birthday and she hopes to get a jump rope. Instead her mother gives her a beautiful jade bracelet that is a family heirloom. The next day another girl invites Yoon to sit with her, to jump rope with her and to be her friend. Except she makes Yoon turn the rope the whole time. Then she insists that Yoon let her wear her jade bracelet. Yoon feels terrible when her mom asks her where the bracelet is that night. The next day the girls does not want to return ...more
Hope Chasteen
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book could be considered a multicultural children's book. It is about a young Asian girl, named Yoon, that is about to have a birthday. For her birthday she receives a jade bracelet from her mother. She treasured this present so much that she wanted to wear it to school. So, she wears it to schools and her friends see it. One of Yoon's friends manipulates her into giving her bracelet to her. This friend starts to act like the jade bracelet is hers. She tries to convince their
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Yoon and the Jade Bracelet is a sweet story about a little girl from Korea. She yearns to be accepted in her new school and invited to jump rope with all the other little girls. Yoon hopes to get a jump rope for her upcoming birthday, but instead receives a beautiful jade bracelet. Besides being beautiful, this bracelet is special because it has been now been passed down two generations. Her mother has the bracelet inscribed with her Korean name and explains the significance as she gives it to ...more
Hannah Park
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
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This is the third book Helen Recorvits wrote featuring Yoon, a Korean girl. Yoon's name means shining wisdom, and she learned to accept her name in a previous book. In this story, Yoon receives a beautiful Jade bracelet that was passed down from her grandmother for her birthday. She wears it to school the next day and makes a new friend who was interested in her bracelet. Her new friends befriends Yoon in order to trade her for a jump rope, which is what Yoon wanted for her birthday.
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I wanted to read the first book, My Name is Yoon, but it was not available at my library so I read Yoon and the Jade Bracelet instead. I also listened to an audio-recording of this book.

In Yoon at the Jade Bracelet, Yoon is given two presents for her birthday--a Korean story about a Girl and a Tiger and a special jade bracelet with the Korean name (Shining Wisdom) carved on the inside--even though she really wants a jump rope so she can learn how and make friends with the girls in her class. The
Bonnie Lambourn
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A perfectly told story, of a Korean girl who has yet to make friends in her new home. A relatable character, and the culture shared in not only the Jade bracelet, but in the subtle ways the girl respects her mother and does not ask, beg, whine, or even ask for a jump rope. Also just enough info. about the tiger tale to understand without the full story which would have distracted from Joon's own, and made the story too long.

This is a story that includes bullying by sweetness, of thievery and
Ben Truong
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yoon and the Jade Bracelet is a children's picture book written by Helen Recorvits and illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska, which is a book about a girl named Yoon whose wish more than anything to have a jumping rope for her birthday, but instead received a book and a family heirloom – a jade bracelet. It is the sequel to My Name is Yoon and Yoon and the Christmas Mitten.

Recorvits' text is rather simple and straightforward. It conveys a story about Yoon and how she wants to be accepted at school and
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yoon and the Jade Bracelet is a realistic fiction book about a Korean girl named Yoon who wants to jump rope with the girls at school and make friends. For her birthday she is given a jade bracelet, with her name etched on the inside, that once belonged to her grandmother. At school Yoon runs into complications when she meets an older girl who promises to teach her how to jump rope in exchange that Yoon will let her wear the jade bracelet. Yoon ends up giving up her bracelet and having to ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Recorvits, Helen Yoon and the Jade Bracelet, pictures by Gabi Swiatowska. Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 2008. PICTURE BOOK.

Yoon is new in America from Korea. For her birthday she receives a beautiful jade bracelet that had been passed down from her grandmother. An older girl at school sees the bracelet and tricks Yoon into "sharing" it with her. Yoon has to find her courage in order to reclaim her possession. The message within this picture book is an important one for children of any age - the fact
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it

Yoon and the Jade Bracelet (Hardcover)
by Helen Recorvits

Yoon is struggling to understand her new world. She now lives in America but her family is from Asia and her culture is vastly different. Her mother tries to help her understand her history by giving her a Jade bracelet. When a new school friend asks to see the braclett Yoon shares her treasure, only to have the girl keep her bracelet. Yoon must find a way to change her mind and have her return the bracelet. Yoon learns that she knows
In this story of a new immigrant child from Korea trying to make friends, I was disgusted and ashamed by the behavior of the American child. The story does not end with any true friendships, but that may be realism. This is the third book about Yoon. I hope others are more positive. Good discussion starter on how to welcome those of other cultures in our schools and neighborhoods.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My daughter and I like the Yoon books and wish there were more.
Yoon and the Jade Bracelet was a fun story to read. I actually read the first of the series, which is called "My name is Yoon" prior to reading " Yoon and the Jade bracelet". The main idea of this story was to teach Yoon as well as the reader a little bit more about her cultural background, and specific traditions that Yoon's family practiced.This book is also teaching a theme of honesty and for a person to stand up for what they know is right and true.The main character of the story is Yoon ...more
Helen Wu
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The story and illustrations show the readers Korean culture, “My name is Yoon. I came here from Korea, a country far away.” It’s also about how a Korean-American girl reconciles her two worlds. More than that, the story comes up questions for every kid to face in everyday life: what is true and valuable friendship? How to be accepted by others while staying true ourselves? Is it worth to sacrifice one thing to get another thing? How to speak up for ourselves? The culture angle makes the story ...more
Sep 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Ms Threlkeld
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Good book for talking to kids about true friendship and the effects of manipulating others to get what you want.
Dione Basseri
Bullying, cleverness, and the immigrant experience. Yoon longs to join the schoolyard girls in jump rope, but is never invited, and not even given one by her mother on her birthday. Though Yoon does cherish the jade bracelet she is given, which was passed down in her family. When Yoon is finally given a chance to play with the other girls, she is eager to join, but one demands to borrow her jade bracelet. And then will not give it back. How will Yoon outsmart this bully?

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Stephanie T.
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Yoon and the Jade Bracelet is great multicultural example of a bullying situation where the main character Yoon is taken for granted on the basis of cultural differences. After moving from Korea, Yoon is given a Jade bracelet and a story about a girl and a tiger for her birthday; although she would have preferred a jumprope so she could have an easier time making friends at school. As Yoon struggles to fit into the American culture, she meets a girl and lets her borrow her bracelet as a nice ...more
Nicole Agadoni
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Yoon and the Jade Bracelet portrays a bullying situation in which the main character, Yoon, is taken for granted. Yoon struggles to fit into the American culture after her family moved from Korea. She is given a Jade bracelet and a story about a girl and a tiger from her mother on her birthday. However, Yoon really wanted a jumprope so she could fit in and try to make some friends at school. A girl approaches Yoon with admiration for her bracelett, and she lets her borrow it with hopes of ...more
Jennifer Park
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
1. This book was about a Korean girl named Yoon who recently immigrated to America and it was her birthday. She received a jade bracelet as a present, and she goes through some tough situations like bullying and identifying her cultural identity in the book. And the book is fictional where Yoon struggles to make new friends and to fit in American culture.
2. I think this book would introduce an important concept for teachers to mention in their classroom. And for a literacy teacher to
Michael Ho
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yoon and the Jade Bracelet is about a girl named Yoon that moves to the United States from Korea. In this story, we see Yoon going to her new school trying to be accepted by others. She wants a new jump rope for her birthday, but she receives a jade bracelet instead. She meets a new older friend the next day at school. The older girl takes advantage of Yoon and takes her bracelet. "This bracelet is a symbol of kindness and friendship." This quote spoke to me because it's hard for a lot of people ...more
In this book, Yoon is given a very special heirloom bracelet for her birthday from her mother, although she really wanted a jump rope. A girl at school offers to teach Yoon how to jump rope if Yoon will let her wear the bracelet for a day. The school girl does not return the bracelet and the teacher gets involved. Yoon gets the bracelet back and comes clean to her mother.
This book could be used in the classroom to talk about bullying, friendship, honesty, and kindness. At my school, I could see
Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it
In this third book, Yoon deals less with cultural difference and more with bullies. Yoon receives a jade bracelet from her mother along with advice on my making friends in a new place. Her friend-making efforts lead to an older girl confiscating the bracelet and passing it off as her own. Yoon's teacher plays King Solomon to determine the true owner, and Yoon learns to stand up for herself. This book could be used in a classroom when needed to start discussion on bullying or could be part of ...more
Tiffany Wideman
Yoon and the Jade Bracelet is about a girl name Yoon who wants a jump rope for her birthday so she can play with the other girls at school. However, for her birthday her mom got her a storybook and a bracelet that was once her grandmother's. One day on the playground an older girl asks to borrow her bracelet and she never gets it back. Even the next day once the teacher is involved the girl lies and says the bracelet is her's. In the end Yoon received her bracelet back. I would use this book in ...more
Krupal Morjaria
Yoon was given a bracelet for her birthday and although it was beautiful, she wanted a jump rope more than anything else. One of the girls from Yoon's school volunteered to help her learn how to jump rope and because Yoon would have done anything to be part of the crowd that jump ropes, she let the girl borrow her bracelet and accepted the offer. The next day she realized that the girl tricked her and took her bracelet from her. This book teaches children that we should always be accepting of ...more
Janet Chen
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
There are not many books for asian americans and I liked that this book focuses on that, it is able to maintain her culture throughout the book while introducing how she reacts to a new culture. You could integrate a lesson on theme in this book also, and have it be honesty. It is important for friends to be honest with each other and consider one anothers feelings, such as how Yoon felt about her bracelet being taken from her and tricked like that.
Dec 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Yoon receives a jade bracelet from her mom that her grandmother had once owned and a story about a little girl tricked by a tiger. The next day an on older girl invites Joon to play jump rope, but in return asks Joon to let her borrow her bracelet, but promises to return it the next day. The next day however she claims it is hers and it is only after teacher intervention that the truth comes out.
A story about friendship-bullying that will resonate with the 5 & 6 year old age.
It's a great story that any child can relate to-- someone tricks you, and you need to find a way to set things right. What I love about this story is that-- spoiler-- Yoon goes to an adult for help and receives it immediately. It's a great student-teacher relationship, teaches us about Korean culture and values, and also presents a good opportunity for discussion about bullies (even when you think they're your friend).

Definitely would bring this into a classroom.
Christine Turner
Although she really would have liked a jump rope for her birthday, Yoon is happy to receive a Korean picture book and a jade bracelet passed down from her grandmother, and when she wears the bracelet to school it seems as if her wish for a jump rope and a friend is about to come true.
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