Yoon and the Christmas Mitten

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In My Name Is Yoon, Yoon's parents encouraged her to write her name in English instead of Korean. Now it's Yoon's turn to teach her parents about something she's learned in America. When Yoon's teacher lends her a book about Santa Claus, Yoon can't wait to show it to her parents. To Yoon's disappointment, though, her mother responds, "We are not a Christmas family." As Christmas Eve approaches, Yoon learns more and more about this exciting holiday. But no matter how hard she tries to convince her parents to sing Christmas songs or put up Christmas stockings, they always say no. A determined Yoon soon realizes that she must use her own "Shining Wisdom" to persuade her parents that they can indeed be a Christmas family.
 
Distinctive and glowing pictures with brushstrokes echoing Renoir accompany this charming story that rings true and reaches deep.

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HELEN RECORVITS and GABI SWIATKOWSKA collaborated on My Name Is Yoon, which was an ALA Notable Book. Helen Recorvits is the author of two books for older readers and lives in North Scituate, Rhode Island. Gabi Swiatkowska, who received the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award for My Name Is Yoon, is also the illustrator of Summertime Waltz by Nina Payne. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Kindergarten-Grade 2–The endearing heroine of My Name Is Yoon (Farrar, 2003) is learning about Santa Claus and the North Pole at school. She is captivated, but her parents insist that ...we are not a Christmas family. We are a Korean family. However, after Yoon points out that they are both American and Korean, her parents figure out a way to meld a Christmas tradition with their own New Year's celebration. Yoon's round and expressive face is depicted as captivated, joyous, and implacable by turns, and her holiday imaginings are rendered as sprightly, juggling Korean-looking elves and a surreal but childlike North Pole. Her parents are rather suddenly and easily convinced to let the tradition of Santa into their home, but children and parents alike will be charmed by Yoon's yearning and determination to experience a bit of Christmas magic.–Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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