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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.
We bought this book at the request of our Kindergarten Teacher and donated it to the class. We read it at home, and we really liked the overall message. As we have more and more cross cultural interactions, this was a great way to introduce the kids to being thoughtful to others and also happy with what they bring to the interaction and not be worried if they don't fully "fit in."
Great book, loved the message and scenes in the classroom. It was definitely wordy though, and both my 3 and 5 year olds were a little squirmy by the end. I found myself skipping parts because it was a lot to read - and I’m a reader at heart. I would recommend this for an older kid, like 1st-2nd grade.