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My Name is Yoon

by Helen Recorvits

Other authors: Gabi Swiatkowska

Series: Yoon

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Disliking her name as written in English, Korean-born Yoon, or "shining wisdom," refers to herself as "cat," "bird," and "cupcake," as a way to feel more comfortable in her new school and new country.

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Yoon and her family moved from Korea to the United States. She had to go to a new school and learn to spell her name in English. While in school her teacher gave her a piece of paper where she would write her name spelled in English but Yoon didn’t seem to feel comfortable with it. As Yoon began to feel comfortable at school with her peers and teacher she felt better about being in America and with her new name. It was hard for Yoon because everything was unfamiliar in the beginning. Yoon had a hard time feeling welcomed until she met a new friend and the acceptance from her teacher. ( )
  Lakieshal | Apr 2, 2020 |
I really enjoyed this book. it is about a girl Yoon who is from Korea. Her family came over to America and started a life here. Her name, Yoon, written in Korean looked really happy, is how she described it. Throughout the book, some words and phrases are repeated, which made them stick out more. In addition to her Korean written name, when she came to America she has to write her name as Soon. She felt each letter stood alone and she related it to how she felt in school in America. She comes to find that no matter how her name is written, she is still Yoon. A message throughout this book os being proud of who you are. ( )
  hbuoye1 | Mar 2, 2020 |
A little girl named Yoon moves to the United States with her family and has to learn English. She is used to writing her name in Korean characters but now she has to learn how to write it using the alphabet. Her teacher gives her a paper with her name on it and she is supposed to practice writing her name but instead she writes other English words that she has learned (cat, bird, cupcake) and associates them with herself. She feel out of place and wants to move back to Korea. With the support of her parents, new friends, and her teacher, she begins to identify herself as Yoon. ( )
  khmcalli | Oct 8, 2019 |
Have you ever seen your name written in a different language? For little Yoon, the differences between Korea and American are troublesome. Join Yoon as she learns different can sometimes be a good thing. ( )
  smnunnery | Sep 6, 2019 |
Yoon's name means Shining Wisdom, and when she writes it in Korean, it looks happy, like dancing figures. But her father tells her that she must learn to write it in English. In English, all the lines and circles stand alone, which is just how Yoon feels in the United States. Yoon isn't sure that she wants to be YOON. At her new school, she tries out different names – maybe CAT or BIRD. Maybe CUPCAKE!
  wichitafriendsschool | Aug 12, 2019 |
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My name is Yoon. I came here from Korea, a country far away.
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I did not want to learn the new way. I wanted to go back home to Korea. I did not like America. Everything was different here.
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