Bibliographic Information: Recorvits, H. (2003). My Name Is Yoon. New York: Frances Foster.
Brief Annotation: Yoon loves her name when it is written in Korean. It looks very happy and means Shining Wisdom but when she writes it in English, it looks plain and boring. When she goes to school and has to write in English, she struggles with writing her name and chooses other words.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Grade Level: Pre-K-3
Readers who will like this: Children learning a new language. Children coming from a different school to a new school. As well as, children moving from a different country and experiencing a new lifestyle in a different country.
Rating/Response: 3 The synopsis of this book seemed a lot more intriguing than it really was. I did enjoy that the girl in the book was experiencing a new life. I think students from other countries can relate to her struggles and what life can be like for them during their first few days in a new place.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: Has anyone felt strange in a different place? What did you do to feel more comfortable?
Reading Strategy: First Days/New Experience
Rationale for Strategy: This book would be great for new students as well as the first few days of school. Although the situation centers around a girl from a different country learning a new language, all students are learning a language as they continue to grow through elementary school.
Posted by: Brittany Billiet