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Jin Woo

by Eve Bunting

Other authors: Chris K. Soentpiet (Illustrator)

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This sweet book was about a white family adopting a Korean baby. Before the baby comes, they go to a Korean restaurant. The woman who delivers Jin Woo to them gives them a hanbok to wear on his first birthday. They want to make sure Jin Woo knows all about his transitions. They even got him traditional outfits. Throughout the book, their biological son doesn't feel any attention anymore but the mother reminds him that they have so much love inside of them that what they give to Jin Woo won't be taken from him. ( )
  jherrera | Sep 29, 2017 |
David was adopted by his mom and dad and enjoyed being the only child. Then, his parents asked how he would feel if they adopted a little brother for him. He says he would be "ok" with it, but deep down, he feels that he will be replaced and his parents will not love him as much as the new baby. When Jin Woo arrives from Korea, David is the first to make him laugh on the ride home from the airport. When they arrive home, all of the neighbors come out to meet the new baby, and they tell David how excited his dad was when his parents brought him home, too. David warms up to his little brother and realizes that his parents have plenty of love to give both of them. ( )
  nfernan1 | Sep 11, 2017 |
I really liked this book because the story was relatable. This story is about a young boy and his parents and the arrival of a new baby from Korea. The little boy was feeling mixed about having a new sibling join the family. The text mentions, "I can hardly wait," Mom says. I can wait. I could wait longer." Many children are anxious and uncertain when a new sibling arrives. Their parents' attention is no longer focused on them 100%, instead the attention is shared which results in jealousy sometimes. The young boy eventually connects with his new baby brother and realizes that his family loves and cares for him no matter what. For example, the text says, "I lean over the crib and laugh with him. And I'm happy, too." The big idea behind this book is that children who are expecting the arrival of a new sibling need to be told that they are always loved no matter what and that they can be a big role model for their new sibling. ( )
  breannaamos | Sep 6, 2016 |
There are multiple reasons why I like this book. First, the illustrations in the book enhanced the story and were extremely detailed. As the audience is reading, they are painting a picture in their minds based on the text. However, the illustrations in this book help readers guide the image. The book helps create an image that they want their audience to have. For example, the book describes the part as the family are anxiously waiting for the arrival of their new family member. As they are waiting, "Mom is sobbing out loud. They are leaning so close to the glass that it's getting blurry with their breaths" (p. 16). This vivid description of the text creates the image of two adults pressing their hands against the glass. The corresponding illustration supports this vision and also shows the excitement in their faces. Overall, the illustrations enhance the story by helping to create a mental picture while reading. Another reason that I like this book is that the language is descriptive, which works well with the detailed illustrations to create a story in the audience's minds. For example, as the author describes the nursery scene, he provides small details to help the audience envision the nursery. He writes, "Last week we painted the nursery pale yellow, with the ceiling blue as the summer sky. . . There's the crib that used to be mine. . . There's the chair where Mom sat to rock me. His baby clothes are on it, folded and ready" (p. 6). The writing has so much precision and detailed, it is easy for the audience to picture the nursery as the author wants them to. Such descriptive language helps to keep readers engaged and imagining the story as it is being read. This book helps readers understand unconditional love and the importance of family and loved ones. The events in this story are believable as adoption is something may families go through. This can relate to children as some children are going through getting a new brother or sister and may be anxious about the process. This story provides hope for the audience, as the main character is initially nervous about the arrival of his baby brother, but soon is relieved and excited to have a new member of the family. ( )
  kaylafrey | Feb 3, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this book about adoption. David is apprehensive about his new baby brother coming from Korea. He feels emotions you would expect a child who is welcoming a baby adopted or not to feel. He also wonders if his parents were as excited when they adopted him. I think this is an important book because it also touches on different cultures melding together. ( )
  rpazmino-calligan | Nov 30, 2014 |
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David likes his family the way it has always been, just him and Mom and Dad. He never wanted to be a big brother. And he certainly didn’t want Jin Woo, the little baby from Korea, to join the family. Now Jin Woo is getting all the attention, and David feels as if no one cares about him anymore. But then a surprising letter helps him to understand that being a brother can mean being surrounded with more love than ever.
Eve Bunting and Chris Soentpiet bring the same deep emotion that distinguished their previous collaboration, So Far from the Sea, to this moving story of an adoptive family that has love to spare.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:13 -0400)

Davey is dubious about having a new adopted brother from Korea, but when he finds out that his parents still love him, he decides that having a baby brother will be fine.

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