My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits
(Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, 2004)

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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 school, she tries out different names – maybe CAT or BIRD. Maybe CUPCAKE!

Helen Recorvits’s spare and inspiring story about a little girl finding her place in a new country is given luminous pictures filled with surprising vistas and dreamscapes by Gabi Swiatkowska. My Name Is Yoon is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
 

About Helen Recorvits

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Helen Recorvits is the author of two books for older readers, Where Heroes Hide and Goodbye, Walter Malinski, an NCSS-CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. She lives in Glocester, Rhode Island.Gabi Swiatkowska has illustrated one other picture book, Hannah’s Bookmobile Christmas by Sally Derby. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published April 3, 2003 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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An unhappy young immigrant seeks, and at last regains, a sense of self in this atmospheric, expressionistically illustrated episode.

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She sits at a large white table where her father teaches her to write her name in English ("I did not like YOON.

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