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My Name Is Yoon

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  2,706 ratings  ·  486 reviews
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 sc
Hardcover, 29 pages
Published April 3rd 2003 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I like this book because the book words is very easy and it has a big pictures, they give a great help to understand English. I like this book story because Yoon's behavior too cute.
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I had not thought that the meaning of the name changed, I thought that it was interesting. However I don't like picture.Because it is little scary.
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The story was fun,I like the picture,and i like name yoon in Korean.
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Cam Duong
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Kristen Herzog
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: rll528-asian
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
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
An important concept. Yoon has immigrated and she is having trouble accepting her new environment. Even the way her name is written has changed from Korean to English. It is hard enough to be the new kid in a class, but when everything from the language to the food to your very name is different than what you are used to, it is even more difficult. Lovely illustrations, too.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, america, korea, asia
A sweet book about the loneliness and differences of moving to a new country. The illustrations are well done and the text hits just the right balance between conveying the message and not getting too difficult for little kids.
Janine Darragh
It's impossible not to fall in love with sweet little Yoon who doesn't like the way her name looks written in English- she prefers it in Korean. The pictures are stunning, and I feel like the emotions depicted are authentic.
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I like this story because enjoyable and I like the image on the expressive speech story and entertaining at the same times.
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I like the store because is beautiful
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A book that will make you think about all the changes moving to a new country brings, including the way we write our name.
N_patricia Brunner
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Laura Rumohr
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
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My Name Is Yoon is about a Korean immigrant who moves to the United States and struggles with cultural differences. At the start of the book, Yoon is presented with her English name, which she immediately objects to. She doesn’t like the way it looks in English because the uniqueness of her name is literally lost in translation. When written in Korean, “the symbols dance together” and symbolize “shining wisdom.” Whereas in English, it simply means Yoon. Over the course of the book, Yoon continues to ...more
Diana Garcia
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is under my text set of immigration because this story is about a girl named Yoon which is a second generation immigrant. The book doesn't specifically mention anything about immigration which is the point I want to prove. Immigrants are people that aren't native born in America. This country is made up of many immigrants from a variety of cultures. It's important for children to see themselves represented in books, this particular book brings forth the topic of embracing the identity ...more
Charmie McKinney
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Errin Tucker
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 pic
NS-Christine Johnson
Oct 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Name Is Yoon is about a little girl named Yoon when her father moves their family to America. She has to learn English but she does not want to, she likes her name when it is written in Korean. When she starts school, she learns how to write the word CAT and puts that as her name on her papers. The next day, she draws a picture of a red robin for her teacher and writes her name as ROBIN. The next day, she befriends a girl in her class when they share cupcakes and she writes her name as CUPCAK ...more
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book's been on my radar since I started compiling a library of children's books that relate to language acquisition, immigration, and cultural exchange. Yoon and her family have just relocated from Korea to the USA. Her father helps her prepare for starting at her new school by teaching her how to write "Yoon" in the Roman alphabet rather than in Hangul. Yoon is resistant since she views that form as changing the meaning of her name. When asked each day at school to practice writing her nam ...more
(NS) Dana
Sep 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
538am_Kelly O'Hara
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Michelle Doerr
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Carly Donald-Walther
This story portrays a young girl from Korea who is struggling with her name identity. Though she loves her Korean name, which means “shining wisdom”, her father tells her she has to learn to write in English. Yoon tries out new names to find her place in this new country. This story is the winner of an Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award for outstanding illustrations and is an American Library Association’s Notable Children’s Book which recognizes exemplary creative books that nurture children ...more
(NS) Becca
Sep 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: multi-cult-lit
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
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, storybook
A touching story about a young girl learning to be comfortable in a new country.

I appreciated that Yoon's parents tried to be supportive of her. I also appreciated that the teacher was accepting of Yoon working through things. I couldn't help thinking that if the book were set in Canada (or perhaps other parts of the US?) Yoon would have likely also been given a chance to show the teacher and the class how to write her name in Korean.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and the illustration
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."
Robyn Watt
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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