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The Name Jar

by Yangsook Choi

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After Unhei moves from Korea to the United States, her new classmates help her decide what her name should be.

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Independent reading level: 3rd grade
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  Cassandraann1221 | Nov 23, 2021 |
This book is about a Korean girl named Unhei who has recently moved to America. She now faces the trouble of going to a school where her name is considered different and the kids tease her on the school bus. She learns to accept her name throughout the book and to be proud of her heritage. I think this book is great for 3rd to 6th grade. This is a great book to put on the shelves for after school or for any free time. Kids can connect to Unhei's struggle of being a fish out of water, but also find a new perspective. ( )
  H_Ross | Nov 19, 2021 |
Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what happens when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious about fitting in. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she decides to choose an American name from a glass jar. But while Unhei thinks of being a Suzy, Laura, or Amanda, nothing feels right. With the help of a new friend, Unhei will learn that the best name is her own.
  wichitafriendsschool | Nov 16, 2021 |
Plot: Unhei moves from Korea to America. Anxious that no one will be able to pronounce her name. Her classmates add different names and place them in a jar. Unhei likes some of the names but decides she likes her name best.

Curricular Connections: (with Teks) I would include this book in our social studies lesson on culture, community and family. It is a great book to start off Asian Heritage Month (in May)

113.12 Social Studies, Grade 1(14) Culture. The student understands the importance of family and community beliefs, language, and traditions. The student is expected to:(A) describe and explain the importance of beliefs, language, and traditions of families and communities; ( )
  sarahamlin | Sep 27, 2021 |
This story is about a young girl that has just moved from Korea to the United States. This story follows the journey of the young girl as she struggles to come up with a new name for herself because her original is hard for her classmates to pronounce. Eventually, Unhei learns to love her name and help everyone pronounce it. ( )
  VictorTran | Apr 13, 2021 |
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