The Name Jar

The Name Jar

Book - 2004
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After Unhei moves from Korea to the United States, she is anxious for her new classmates to like her, so when nobody can pronounce her name she decides to find a new one.
Publisher: New York : Sagebrush, 2004.
ISBN: 9780613829793
0613829794
Branch Call Number: JP Choi
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm

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Newly arrived to the United States, Unhei is anxious to be accepted by her classmates. Concerned they will not be able to pronounce her name, she tells them she hasn't decided on one yet. A valuable story about wanting to fit in and being true to yourself.


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mistystarvmarie
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.

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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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