The Name Jar

The Name Jar

Book - 2001
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The new kid in school needs a new name! Or does she?

Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week. Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from. But while Unhei practices being a Suzy, Laura, or Amanda, one of her classmates comes to her neighborhood and discovers her real name and its special meaning. On the day of her name choosing, the name jar has mysteriously disappeared. Encouraged by her new friends, Unhei chooses her own Korean name and helps everyone pronounce it-- Yoon-Hey .
Publisher: New York : Dragonfly Books, 2001
ISBN: 9780440417996
Branch Call Number: JP Choi
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill


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Jul 31, 2017

Though initial previewing of the pictures made me nervous the children would not support their new Korean classmate, the words in the story expressed the opposite: a fellow classmate is interested in the Korean culture and language and all the students make her feel welcome and accepted. One thing that does irk me, though, is the Korean word for "grace" (unhei) is actually pronounced differently than the book implies her name is pronounced.

May 13, 2013

Although the girl gets concerned that her classmates will not be able to pronounce her name, they support her even with her reluctance to say her name throughout the first week of school.

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