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My Name Is Yoon

My Name Is Yoon

Helen Recorvits; Pictures by Gabi Swiatkowska

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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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.

Illinois Monarch K-3 Children's Choice AW ML, Georgia Children's Book Award Master List (University of GA), Booklist Editors' Choice, GA Picture Storybook Award ML, Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, Illinois Monarch Award: K-3 Children's Choice Award Master List, IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, School Library Best Books of the Year, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, New York Charlotte Award Master List, Child Magazine Best Books of the Year, ALA Notable Children's Books, Nick, Jr. Family Magazine Best Books of the Year

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Praise for My Name Is Yoon

“With subtle grace, this moving story depicts a Korean girl's difficult adjustment to her new life in America...Swiatkowska's stunningly spare, almost surrealistic paintings enhance the story's message.” —Starred, School Library Journal

“As noteworthy for what it leaves out as for what it includes....Yoon may be new to America, but her feelings as an outsider will be recognizable to all children.” —Starred, Publishers Weekly

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About the author

Helen Recorvits; Pictures by Gabi Swiatkowska

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.

Helen Recorvits

Yoon Kim

Helen Recorvits

Gabi Swiatkowska

Gabi Swiatkowska

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