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Cooper's Lesson

by Sun Yung Shin
Illustrated by Kim Cogan

Published by Children's Book Press, 2004
32 pages
ISBN: 0-89239-193-6

Ages 6-9

Cooper’s mother is Korean and his father is white American. With his brown hair and freckles, and his limited knowledge of Korean, Cooper feels out of place among members of the local Korean community, but when he says he is American white Americans give him funny looks, too. Cooper’s conflicted feelings about his identity, and anger about not belonging in either world, threaten to lead him into trouble with Mr. Lee, the Korean grocer. Instead, the Mr. Lee steps in to help Cooper by sharing his own story. As Cooper learns more about Mr. Lee’s past and his struggle to learn English and get American citizenship, he learns to appreciate both his Korean and white American heritage in this blingual (English/Korean) story. (Gretchen Aiyangar, CCBC Reference Assistant) ©2010 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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