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The Name Jar by [Yangsook Choi]

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2-On the way to her first day of school, Unhei is teased by the children on the bus for her Korean name. When she reaches her classroom and is asked her name, she tells her classmates that she has not yet decided on one. To be helpful the children put their suggestions into a "name jar." Eventually the girl decides to keep her own name as one of her classmates takes pride in the new Korean nickname he has chosen, Chinku, meaning "friend." The round, red imprint of the Korean character for Unhei's name provides the graphic manifestation of the story's theme. Attractive golden endpapers feature random repetitions of the stamp imprint interspersed with her classmates' handwritten suggestions on scraps of torn paper. The bold, bright paintings that illustrate the story are realistic, warm, and appealing. Unfortunately, the text sags under the weight of its mission to describe how it might feel to immigrate. A well-meaning and visually attractive effort, but uninspired.

Dorian Chong, School of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University, CA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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About the Author

Yangsook Choi grew up in Seoul, Korea. She has written and illustrated several books for young readers, including The Sun Girl and the Moon Boy and Good-bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong by Frances Park and Ginger Park. The first book she illustrated, Nim and the War Effort by Milly Lee, was an ALA Notable Book and an IRA–CBC Children’s Book Award Winner.


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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00FUZPS6G
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Knopf Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (October 30, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 30, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3465 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 42 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book and very appropriate for any school project
By Denise on May 23, 2021
My 2nd grader had to do a school project about any book that she wanted.
We decided to get the book jar.
She had to read the book, understand the story, answer some question and prepare a project all around the book story, and it turned out amanzy.

She got the maximum score on that project, the story is easy to understand for second graders and its so cute, teach kids about different culture, and thats ok to be different from each other!
Highly recommend it
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great concept but better story needed
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully told story that encourages children to be themselves and ...
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