The Trip Back Home

The Trip Back Home

by Janet S. Wong, Bo Jia
     
 

These are the gifts brought across the ocean to Korea: Leather gloves. An apron with pockets like flowers. A book with pictures and simple words. What is given in return? Simple gifts like these--and so much more.
Janet S. Wong invites us to join her on the trip back home, revealing that even when family members speak different languages, there is still

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These are the gifts brought across the ocean to Korea: Leather gloves. An apron with pockets like flowers. A book with pictures and simple words. What is given in return? Simple gifts like these--and so much more.
Janet S. Wong invites us to join her on the trip back home, revealing that even when family members speak different languages, there is still much they can share.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In this moving story about a mother's journey back to Korea with her young daughter, much emotion is conveyed in the poetic text and lovely illustrations. Two cultures reach across a great divide and find common ground. The young girl, who is the narrator, meets her grandparents and her aunt for the first time in their tiny Korean village. In the time they spend together, she learns a new way of life—a simple, gentle existence connected to the land and farm animals. The experience, which is based on the author's own life, is clearly etched in her memory. She has expressively rendered a meaningful moment in time through this work. The story transcends any one ethnic group and will touch the hearts of many in this nation of immigrants, and young children will be drawn to the simple story and detailed illustrations. 2000, Harcourt Inc., $16.00. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati
In this beautiful multicultural tale, a young Asian American girl visits her ancestors in a Korean village. The rich illustrations add greatly to the story, but the best aspect of this book is the respectful manner in which a completely foreign culture is treated throughout. 2000, Harcourt Brace & Company, $16.00. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-A gentle celebration of family bonds. Drawing on her own visit to her mother's homeland, Wong relates the excursion of a young American girl and her parent to stay with relatives in Korea. The travelers first carefully select gifts for their hosts: leather work gloves for grandfather, a pretty apron for grandmother, and an alphabet book for the child's aunt. In return, "they gave us hugs." The child participates in daily routines such as heating the house with charcoal placed in a floor tunnel, feeding the pigs, going to the outdoor market, and playing cards-all in a warm, familial setting. Author and illustrator harmonize well, painting the patterns and flavors of rural life. Jia's brown-and-gray watercolor backgrounds are punctuated by spots of bright color in the clothing, rows of vegetables, and in a few special treasures. In a bittersweet, circular closing, gifts are given to the travelers, and "we gave them hugs." The many facets of homecoming and going may be further developed through books such as Eve Bunting's I Have an Olive Tree (HarperCollins, 1999), Allen Say's Grandfather's Journey (Houghton, 1993), Jane Kurtz's Faraway Home (Harcourt, 2000), and Edna Coe Bercaw's Halmoni's Day (Dial, 2000).-Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152007843
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
AD1190L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 Years

Meet the Author


Janet S. Wong was born in Los Angeles to a Korean mother and a Chinese father. An award-winning author of picture books and poetry for young readers, she lives in Hopewell, New Jersey.

Bo Jia studied painting in China, where he was born and raised. He emigrated to the United States in 1989 and now lives in Washington, D.C., where he works as a designer, painter, and illustrator.

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