My Name Is Yoon

We’ve read this book again this week, a story about little Yoon, a girl who has just moved to the US from Korea and is learning how to make sense of her new life in America. Her parents insist she learn how to write her name in English, but Yoon stubbornly resists, missing her home country and grandmother. She continues to write her name in Korean, the long, elegant strokes of which seem to better embody its meaning, “shining wisdom.” 

Yoon’s teacher gives her papers to write her name every day, and instead Yoon calls herself other English words learned in class; cat, bird, cupcake, much to the quiet amusement of her teacher. A story about being true to yourself, learning how to try new things, and finding your way among newness and uncertainty.

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