Sook Nyul Choi Yunmi and Halmoni's Trip

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Yunmi and Halmoni's Trip

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The author and illustrator who brought us Halmoni and the Picnic have teamed up again to give us a second story about Yunmi and Halmoni, which crosses cultural and generational boundaries as vividly and gracefully as the first. Yunmi and her grandmother, Halmoni, are going to Korea, where Halmoni lived before she moved to New York City. Yunmi enjoys seeing Korea for the first time and helping prepare the annual family picnic feast. But seeing Halmoni happy and busy with her family and friends, Yunmi feels like an outsider and longs to have Halmoni all to herself again. She also fears that Halmoni will not return home to New York with her.

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Grade 1-3?In Halmoni and the Picnic (Houghton, 1993), Yunmi's grandmother went to New York City to take care of her while her parents worked, and charmed Yunmi's classmates during a class trip. Now Halmoni is taking the girl back to Korea for a memorial celebration of her late husband's birthday, and it is Yunmi's turn to feel like an outsider. Halmoni, who was so isolated and lonely in New York, is greeted by a large and loving family. Even her cat and dog welcome her back. Yunmi's cousins act as tour guides to the sights of Seoul, and the girl helps prepare Korean dumplings for the picnic at Grandfather's grave. At the memorial, worries overwhelm her. Halmoni seems so happy here that she may not want to return to New York. Not surprisingly, the woman reassures her American granddaughter, "We're lucky because we both have two families." This gentle, predictable story is more an introduction to Korean customs than a plot-driven narrative. Realistic illustrations of Yunmi's family, framed with borders suggesting Korean fabric design, add greatly to the book's appeal. Dugan's carefully composed paintings, glowing with color, convey the warm affection between granddaughter and grandmother.?Margaret A. Chang, North Adams State College, MA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"This book transcends Korean or English, speaking the universal language of the heart." (Booklist, ALA)

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