Sumi's First Day of School Ever by Joung Un Kim

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The first day of school can be lonely and scary, especially when you don't speak the same language as everyone else. Sumi only knows one phrase in English, "Hello, my name is Sumi." This doesn't seem nearly enough to prepare her for a big school with wide stairs, noisy children, and a mean classmate.

From the author of the Ezra Jack Keats Award winner Dear Juno comes this thoughtful picture book about a young Korean girl on her first day of school. Beautiful, expressive illustrations show how a considerate teacher and even a new friend help Sumi discover that school might not be so lonely after all.

 

About Joung Un Kim

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Pak was born in Seoul, South Korea, but spent her childhood in the suburbs of southern New Jersey. She holds a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of Arts and an MBA from the University of Chicago. JOUNG UN KIM has illustrated several picture books, including "What Do You Dream? "by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, "Sumi's First Day of School Ever" by Soyung Pak, and one previous Green Light Reader, "Why the Frog Has Big Eyes" by Betsy Franco. She lives in Anaheim, California.
 
Published July 28, 2003 by Viking Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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The first day of school can be frightening for any child, but when Sumi enters the noisy classroom full of children saying things that she doesn’t understand, she decides that maybe school is a lonely, mean, and scary place as well.

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Maybe school is not so lonely.") With a final underscoring of the theme, Sumi tells a new friend her name, and they walk hand-in-hand into the "not-so-lonely, not-so-scary, not-so-mean class together."

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