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Good idea but the story was a bit too long and I think the message was lost as my daughter got bored half way through. I think done in a bit different way would have made the story a bit more punchy.
For example if she'd done a show and tell to the class to explain her name/meaning/background and the kids had a realisation that a name is important even if it takes them a bit to learn how to pronounce.
They needed to realise that the context and validity of other cultures/names far outweighs the slight difficulty in pronouncing, and the importance of not anglicising a name. I feel like what the author was trying to say didn't really translate through the story. It needed to be more simply told ie her name is just as valid as John etc.
This is a lovely and though-provoking story which I think would work best with children around 8 and up. Our Year Four class had very profound discussions around how we treat new people and what our names / background / individuality mean to us and why they are important. A good read-aloud, especially in a class you are trying to get thinking about how well they include others.
We live in Sicily, originally from England so I wanted to get my 5 year old a book that would be about starting school in a new country.. she really likes this book so thats why I've given it 4 stars, afterall it is a kids book so her opinion matters most on it ! But as a parent I find it sooo wordy, and I mean really wordy. Unhei is from Korea and starts school but is apprehensive the other children won't be able to pronounce her name and so she decides she wants to fit in and have an American name. The children start a name jar for her, where they all put names in for her to choose one. It's after this point I feel it gets a bit drawn out, she goes to a local Korean shop with her mum, chats to the Korean shop owner who tells her what a beautiful name she has, she then gets a letter from her grandma in Korea whose letter (basically) tells her to stay true to herself, she then bumps into a lad from her class who hears someone else say her name and he hides the name jar in the hopes she will keep her own name.. which obviously in the end she does and everyone loves it and after practicing they can all pronounce it properly. As I said my 5 year old loves it and has brought it to me a number of times and asked me to read it, that is what matters most ! I just find it a bit too long winded!!!
I liked this story with themes of cultural diversity and acceptance. The reason it got 4 stars is it arrived bent (soft cover) despite being wrapped in cling wrap and delivered in a box. I flattened it the best I could but it still is kind of wavy. Disappointed as I bought this new.
After knowing about this book I ordered as good reads ratings is 4.3 Itz worth buying must read to the kids as all readers knows itz worth.. 🙂 Must get for the kid who loves stories n have reading habits Amazon price always shows 400+ so I waited for long price drop order at 200 Rs thank God am saved as MRP of the book is 250 so if ur getting this book plz chk price n order