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Yoon and the Jade Bracelet

Yoon and the Jade Bracelet

Helen Recorvits; Pictures by Gabi Swiatkowska

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


It is Yoon's birthday and all she wants is a jump rope so she can play with the other girls in the school yard. Instead, Yoon's mother gives her a Korean storybook about a silly girl who is tricked by a tiger. Yoon also receives a jade bracelet that once belonged to her grandmother. The next day at school, a girl offers to teach Yoon how to jump rope, but for a price: she wants to borrow the jade bracelet. When Yoon tries to get her bracelet back, the girl swears it belongs to her. Yoon must use the lessons learned in her storybook and her "Shining Wisdom" to retrieve the precious keepsake.

In this third book featuring Yoon, lush impressionistic dreamscapes evoke a simple and timeless message: it is possible to trick a tiger.

Yoon and the Jade Bracelet is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, GA Picture Storybook Award ML, Georgia Children's Book Award Master List (University of GA), Society of School Librarians International Book Award Honor Book

Praise for Yoon and the Jade Bracelet

“Swiatkowska captures subtle changes of expression and signs of character in the faces and bodies of her figures.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This story . . . allows readers to discover aspects of Korean culture and to learn how a Korean-American child reconciles her two worlds.” —School Library Journal

“The satisfying resolution is well earned and will bolster readers facing their own tricky schoolyard tigers.” —Horn Book

“Recorvits' story will ring true to any child who's ever dealt with a bully, while Swiatkowska's expressive paintings bring further emotion to the tale.” —Scripps Howard News Service

“The accomplished art has a childlike naiveté that fits the gentle story.” —Booklist

“Beautifully written and illustrated in every way, this gentle yet powerful story provides an important lesson on bullies and honesty. ” —The Santa Fe New Mexican

Reviews from Goodreads

Helen Recorvits; Pictures by Gabi Swiatkowska

HELEN RECORVITS and GABI SWIATKOWSKA collaborated on two previous books about Yoon. My Name Is Yoon was named an ALA Notable Book, among other honors, and Ms. Swiatkowska received the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award for her artwork. Ms. Recorvits lives in North Scituate, Rhode Island. Ms. Swiatkowska lives in France.

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Yoon Kim

Helen Recorvits

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Gabi Swiatkowska

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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