“Yoon and the Christmas Mitten”
by Helen Recorvits and illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska
When I first saw this book in the library I immediately thought of my new online friend, I had come to know earlier this year, through a fansite. The beautiful large watercolour illustrations by Gabi on every page sometimes stretching across two pages, reminded me of the paintings my friend had shown me in her online gallery/website.
Yoon new to America helps her Korean family adjust to their new life, when her teacher hands her a book about Santa Claus. No matter how hard she tries, her parents insist that they are not a Christmas family. As Yoon learns more about this festive occasion so to does her need to fit in. I will leave you to discover how she and her parents discover the magic of Christmas.
A sweet, touching story for 4 – 8 year olds it certainly opens the way for teachers and parents to discuss with children how holidays and traditions are celebrated in other countries.
Sounds like a beautiful multicultrual book that would help children understand other religious/spiritual traditions. I can tell that the illustrations are really lovely. You have been reviewing some very good books lately, and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading every post.
Thankyou Pat. You are making me blush…
Actually you have given me a great idea! I will investigate and endeavour to steer some of my future book reviews on Christmas and other festivities celebrated around the world.