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Recorvitz, Helen.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003
IL K-3, RL 2.1
ISBN 0374351147
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My Name is Yoon, by Helen Recorvitz, is about a first generation Korean American who in Kindergarten decides that her name looks much happier written in Korean and not in English. She is new to America and so far doesn't like it, she want to go back to Korea. But, she struggles to please her parents by learning the unfamiliar language and attend school. While practicing her name Yoon in class, she decides to substitute her name with words that better reflect her inner feelings and thoughts. Cat shows her feelings of wanting to hide in the corner. Or Bird, where she imagines herself flying back to Korea. Lastly, Cupcake, she can gain acceptance with a name like cupcake from her classmates because they all enjoy cupcakes. 

This book gives a realistic account of what a child might feel coming into a new country. The books depiction of the classroom and students is very relatable for children. This book shows children that emigrating from a country like Korea to American is going to be an adjustment. But like Yoon, in time you find your place and fit in just like everyone else.  (Markie Snider,, teacher)

SUBJECTS:     Korean Americans -- Fiction.
                        Emigration and immigration -- Fiction.
                        First day of school -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Names, Personal -- Fiction.

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