The Name Jar

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Brief Description:

Original publication and copyright date: 2001.



Brief Description:

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



Biographical Note:

Yangsook Choi grew up in Seoul, Korea. She has written and illustrated several books for young readers, including The Sun Girl and the Moon Boy and Good-bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong by Frances Park and Ginger Park. The first book she illustrated, Nim and the War Effort by Milly Lee, was an ALA Notable Book and an IRA-CBC Children’s Book Award Winner.



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The new kid in school needs a new name! Or does she?
Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week. Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from. But while Unhei practices being a Suzy, Laura, or Amanda, one of her classmates comes to her neighborhood and discovers her real name and its special meaning. On the day of her name choosing, the name jar has mysteriously disappeared. Encouraged by her new friends, Unhei chooses her own Korean name and helps everyone pronounce it–“Yoon-Hey.



Marc Notes:

Original publication and copyright date: 2001.;After Unhei moves from Korea to the United States, her new classmates help her decide what her name should be.



Publisher Marketing:

The new kid in school needs a new name! Or does she?

Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week. Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from. But while Unhei practices being a Suzy, Laura, or Amanda, one of her classmates comes to her neighborhood and discovers her real name and its special meaning. On the day of her name choosing, the name jar has mysteriously disappeared. Encouraged by her new friends, Unhei chooses her own Korean name and helps everyone pronounce it– Yoon-Hey.



Review Citations:
  • Ingram Children’s Advance 07/01/2001 pg. 37 (EAN 9780375906138, Hardcover)
  • Kirkus Review – Children 06/01/2001 pg. 799 (EAN 9780375906138, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 11/01/2001 pg. 113 (EAN 9780375906138, Hardcover)
  • Booklist 12/15/2001 pg. 738 (EAN 9780375906138, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2001 pg. 38 (EAN 9780375906138, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2002 pg. 38 (EAN 9780375906138, Hardcover)
  • Ingram Children’s Advance 07/01/2001 pg. 37 (EAN 9780375806131, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 11/01/2001 pg. 113 (EAN 9780375806131, Hardcover)
  • Booklist 12/15/2001 pg. 738 (EAN 9780375806131, Hardcover)
  • New York Times 02/10/2002 pg. 21 (EAN 9780375806131, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2001 pg. 38 (EAN 9780375806131, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2002 pg. 38 (EAN 9780375806131, Hardcover)

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