The Name Jar

The Name Jar

by Yangsook Choi


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After Unhei moves from Korea to the United States, her new classmates help her decide what her name should be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756916305
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
Publication date: 10/28/2003
Sales rank: 91,377
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Yangsook Choi grew up in Seoul, Korea. She has written and illustrated several books for young readers, including The Sun Girl and the Moon Boy and Good-bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong by Frances Park and Ginger Park. The first book she illustrated, Nim and the War Effort by Milly Lee, was an ALA Notable Book and an IRA–CBC Children’s Book Award Winner.

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Name Jar 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
feboudre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little girl comes to America from Korea. When she goes to school the kids have a difficult time pronouncing her name. She tells the students she hasn't picked a name yet, but eventually picks her own name in the end with the help of a new friend. Good book that shows the importance and value in accept your own name. Good book for children who come to a new place and feel they will not be accepted. Genre: Realistic FictionAge(s): 5-10
claire.cavell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unhei moved to American from Korea and tries to fit in by coming up with an American name for herself because her Korean name is too hard to pronounce. Her classmates try to help Unhei choose a name by placing names in a name jar for her. In the end she chooses Grace, what Unhei means in Korean.
jacale19 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unhei moves to America from Korea and she is embarrassed to give her real name to the kids at her school. She is afraid that they will tease her about it. She realizes with the help of a friend that her name is special and that acceptance is important. I would use this with my ESL students/students to teach acceptance in the classroom. Coming to a new country is difficult for everyone, it is definitely a transition and children need to learn about acceptance.
bsalomon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unhei just moved to the United States from Korea. When she goes to her new school, she doesn¿t tell the children her name because she did not want to get picked on. When she meets a little boy named Joey, he helps her realize that she has a nice name and should not change it in fear of embarrassment. This is a great read aloud book that helps children learn about different cultures. Also, this would be a good book for children who have moved from a different country to relate to.
sarah-prebble on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Imagine the excitement of moving to a new country and starting a new school. That¿s want Unhei thought until she got to school and no one could pronounce her name. She decided that she is going to choose an American name, but she changes her mind when her classmates convince her that her name is great and she should keep it.I thought that this story was great! I have a very unusual middle name and like Unhei it was mispronounced my whole life. I was not as fortunate as Unhei, I did not learn to appreciate my middle name until I was in my twenties and now I love it. As an extension for this story it would be great for the class to research the meaning and origin of their first, middle and last name. Also, it would be great to explore how other cultures determine the names of their children.
my624persona on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unhei and her family have just moved to the United States from Korea, and it's hard getting used to how different things are--especially when the other kids at school can't pronounce her name!This realistic story from Yangsook Choi is a gem for any elementary school library. While illustrations don't complement the text of the story too much, they do supplement the depth of the narrative, giving readers a glimpse into Unhei's world. Kids from immigrant families are sure to identify with Unhei, and kids from natal U.S. families will learn a lot about what it feels like to be the new kid from across the world.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unhei is a little taken aback when the other students misunderstand her name and tease her about it. So she decides to get an American name.On and on, she talks to various people, she shows kids her name stamp, she collects name suggestions, and eventually she decides to keep her own name. (What a surprise.)It's a very predictable story. Nice illustrations and well told for what it is, but nothing is exactly going to surprise you here.
GI142984 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a little girl named Unhei who just moved to America from Korea. On the first day of school she is riding the bus and introduces herself to some of the kids. They make fun of her name because they thought it sounded like ¿You hey¿ and none of them could pronounce it. After the bus ride she is hesitant to enter her new class in fear that her classmates will make fun of her name also. When the teacher introduces Unhei she tells her classmates that she hasn¿t came up with a name yet. The next day at school she finds a jar with different names written on a piece of paper. Her classmates tell her that they are trying to help her find a name. During the process Unhei comes to realize that her name is special and meaningful and finally tells her classmates her name is Unhei. I thought this was such a cute book. This book would be such a great book for any student that is experiencing a cultural change. In the classroom students can look up their name in a different language and see what the meaning is and how it is spelled. As a class we can find a pin pal class in a different class and write letters back and forth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Book Review: The Name Jar¿By Yangsook Choi '2003' Yangsook Choi has written and illustrated many children's books including The Sun Boy and the Moon Girl, New Cat, and The Next New Year. Choi¿s most recent work, The Name Jar, is a compelling story about a child coming from a different country and going to a new school. Unhei is from Korea and is very anxious to start at her new school in the United States. Unhei becomes worried when none of the children on the bus can pronounce her name. She becomes embarrassed when children in the classroom ask her what her name is, so she tells everyone that she hasn¿t chosen a name yet. Unhei¿s classmates decide to help her out by writing name suggestions and placing them in a jar. Unhei doesn¿t know what name to choose. She finally decides that she likes her name 'which means grace' best of all and teaches the class about her name and how to pronounce it. Unhei¿s best friend, Joey, truly shows great friendship throughout the story by accepting Unhei¿s name and wanting a Korean name for himself. This story is very moving. Unhei¿s strength and courage at the end of this story are very inspirational. Choi includes several of her own experiences in this story of how she probably felt when she moved from Korea to the United States. This is a book that every child should experience because it helps children develop a sense of self and friendship.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Name Jar, Yangsook Choi, 2003 In The Name Jar, Choi delivers a beautiful story about one of the many challenges moving to a new culture brings. Unhei, who has just moved from Korea to the United States, is teased about her unusual name on the bus on her way to her first day of school. Discouraged, when her teacher asks Unhei what her name is, she states that she hasn¿t chosen one yet. In an effort to help Unhei choose a name, her class creates a ¿name jar¿ into which they put their suggestions. With the help of a beautiful name stamp from her Korean grandmother, the reassurance from her family, and her new friend, Joey, Unhei finally decides to keep her Korean name, which means grace. Choi¿s beautiful illustrations are done in bold earth tones and do a wonderful job of flowing with the story. Yangsook Choi grew up in Korea and moved to New York to study art. Publishers Weekly selected her as one of the most prominent new children¿s book artists. She has written many children's books such as Behind the Mask and Peach Heaven as well as illustrated books such as This Next New Year by Janet Wong. Many of her books have received several awards, including the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award, a California Young Reader Medal and the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award. While this is a picture book, it is a story that can touch the heart at any age. Choi helps to deliver an inspiring tale of finding one¿s self in a new culture.