My Name Is Yoon

March 30, 2008

This past week in Resources for Children class was devoted to multicultural books. In My Name Is Yoon, Helen Recorvits introduces readers to a young Korean girl who recently moved to the United States with her parents. I really enjoyed this cute story about fitting in to a new culture. Yoon does not enjoy American school at first and prefers to write her name in Korean, not English. Ultimately, she opens up to being in a new place and learning a new culture.

Yoon is also the main character in another book by Recorvits: Yoon and the Christmas Mitten. This is another story about how Yoon deals with fitting in. Both Yoon books are nice ways to introduce young readers to another culture without immersing them too much and losing them.