Illustrator: Gabi Swiatkowska
Age: 4 – 8 Years
Theme: Christmas, Traditions, multicultural
Synopsis: 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.
Opening: My name is Yoon. I came here from Korea, a country far away.
Sources/Findings: This book lends itself very well to discussion both in the classroom and at home, of different cultures and traditions in other countries. A great opportunity to dig out maps and discover other countries. A great conversation in classrooms of how it would feel like to move to a different country, how would you fit in and feel. This would encourage acceptance of any new kids in the classroom.
Type the word multicultural in Amazon.com and there is wonderful resource books on multicultural Education. or ELL. The Author has previously written ..Yoon is my Name and Yoon and the Jade Braclett.
Awards: NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
Why I like this book: I had reviewed this book earlier in the year but thought it such a special book for this time of year. It’s warm, enlightening, and while it has that christmas feeling it has a wonderful message. It just seemed irresistible.
Quote from my earlier post: When I first saw this book in the library I immediately thought of an online friend, I had come to know earlier this year, through a fan site. 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.
For more books with resources please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Picture Perfect Book