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The Name Jar

by Yansook Choi

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2001
32 pages
ISBN: 0-375-80613-X

Ages 4 - 6

On the bus heading to her first day in an American school, Korean Unhei tells her name to a fellow passenger. After he mispronounces it and thoughtlessly teases Unhei, she becomes reluctant to tell her new classmates her name, stating that she hasn't chosen one yet. Brimming with suggestions, the other students fill a jar with offerings of Daisy, Tamela, and Miranda. As she contemplates her choices, Unhei realizes that her own name is special, and worth keeping. Her classmates agree, and with a little coaching they master the correct pronunciation. Many children share Unhei's fears of not fitting in with her peers. Her ability to overcome her worries and remain true to herself offers a realistic solution to her problem. The illustrations feature a diverse classroom of young school-age children. CCBC categories: Picture Books for Older Children; Understanding Oneself and Others.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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