Yumi Heo Father's Rubber Shoes

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Father's Rubber Shoes

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Moving from Korea to the United States, Yungsu feels displaced and frustrated as he misses his friends back home and tries to keep the attention of his father, who is busy working in a new store.

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Yungsu is having trouble adjusting to his new home in the United States. His father, busy running the store, doesn't have time to play, and Yungsu misses his friends back in Korea. Father tries to ease the situation by sharing a story from his childhood, about a special pair of shoes. "I want to give you something?like my rubber shoes, but something you can have all the time," Father says. "That's why we're here. I hope you understand." Following this tender exchange, things begin to look better to Yungsu. Heo (One Afternoon) has wrapped the universal feelings of upheaval, alienation and homesickness that accompany any move around a story of one family's immigrant experience. In a subplot of sorts, she spotlights a traditional Korean dish, bulgogi, thereby providing authentic ethnic detail. Heo's oil-and-pencil paintings, rendered in predominantly warm orange and yellow hues, feature a cast of stylized human figures with rotund torsos and tiny feet. Her skillful compositions make use of varying perspectives, giving readers a bird's-eye view, an extreme closeup or a spread that's slightly askew, with objects floating in the background. In this smorgasbord of settings, the gentle-looking characters seem all the more expressive. Ages 3-6.
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Grade 1-4?Yungsu is lonely in America because he has few friends and his father spends long hours in his grocery store. He tells his mother of his discontent, and dreams of his Korean homeland. That night, his father explains why they are in this country, describing the beloved rubber shoes he had as a boy and wore sparingly so they wouldn't wear out. He then tells his son that he wants him to have something like them, but "something you can have all the time." Taking a Korean lunch to his father, Yungsu makes a friend, and his father's store begins to look better to him. Illustrations appear to mix watercolors, ink, and pastels on sometimes textured paper; warm browns, oranges, and blues predominate. The style is primitive and appealing in its simplicity. However, the book is more a free-association slice of life than a plotted story written with sensitivity from a child's perspective.?John Philbrook, San Francisco Public Library
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