Cooper's Lesson by Sun Yung Shin

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Cooper's Lesson is an inspiring story about identity and intergenerational friendship, featuring a young biracial boy, written in both English and Korean. Cooper has had about enough of being half and half. And he's really had enough of Mr. Lee, the owner of his neighborhood grocery store, speaking to him in Korean even though Cooper can't keep up. Frustrated, he often wonders why things have to be so complicated. Why can't he just be one race or the other? But one moment in Mr. Lee's store changes everything. Soon Cooper realizes that the things that make up a person are never simple — whether one talks about them in English or Korean. Richly hued oil paintings and tender vivid prose combine to bring the characters to life.

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Sun Yung Shin was born in Seoul and grew up in Chicago. She is author of the children's book Cooper's Lesson and an editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption. After living in Boston and Pittsburgh, she moved to the Twin Cities and now teaches at the Perpich Center for Arts Education. Cogan was born in Pusan, Korea, in 1977. He is an award-winning young artist, and has exhibited his paintings in over a dozen shows nationwide.
Published January 16, 2004 by Children's Book Press. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Always an anxious visitor at the neighborhood grocer's, Cooper dreads Mr. Lee and his customers, who all speak Korean, and expect the same from Cooper.

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