Yunmi and Halmoni's Trip

Yunmi and Halmoni's Trip

by Sook Nyul Choi, Karen M. Dugan
     
 
The author and illustrator who brought us Halmoni and the Picnic have teamed up again to give us a second story about Yunmi and Halmoni, which crosses cultural and generational boundaries as vividly and gracefully as the first. Yunmi and her grandmother, Halmoni, are going to Korea, where Halmoni lived before she moved to New York City. Yunmi enjoys seeing Korea for

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The author and illustrator who brought us Halmoni and the Picnic have teamed up again to give us a second story about Yunmi and Halmoni, which crosses cultural and generational boundaries as vividly and gracefully as the first. Yunmi and her grandmother, Halmoni, are going to Korea, where Halmoni lived before she moved to New York City. Yunmi enjoys seeing Korea for the first time and helping prepare the annual family picnic feast. But seeing Halmoni happy and busy with her family and friends, Yunmi feels like an outsider and longs to have Halmoni all to herself again. She also fears that Halmoni will not return home to New York with her.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Yunmi accompanies her grandmother on a trip to Seoul, Korea. She feels strange only for a brief time before her loving cousins share their fun. They involve her in preparing for a picnic at her grandfather's grave to celebrate his birthday. When the entire family is happily assembled and picnicking, Yunmi feels alone, jealous and worried that her grandmother will not want to return with her to New York. The story's end brings reassurance and celebration of the constancy of family love. This is the second story about this young girl and her Korean grandmother who bridge differing customs with their love.
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
As a young American girl, Yunmi travels to Korea with her grandmother and we are introduced to that country and its customs. Yunmi was filled with excitement about her trip. Her grandmother, Halmoni, had come to New York from Korea to care for Yumni while her parents worked. Now Halmoni was taking Yumni to visit the homeland, meet her relatives and visit the grave of her grandfather. Yunmi's enjoyment of all she sees and her acceptance by her Korean relatives is overshadowed by the fear that her beloved grandmother will wish to remain there in the country of her birth. Yumni imagines how lonely she would be at home without Halmoni. At the same time, as she sees how happy Halmoni is when surrounded by all the rest of the family, she wonders if she is being selfish in wanting her grandmother to leave her Korean relatives. Yumni soon finds that Halmoni intends to return to New York and together they make plans for Yunmi's cousins to visit the United States.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3In Halmoni and the Picnic (Houghton, 1993), Yunmi's grandmother went to New York City to take care of her while her parents worked, and charmed Yunmi's classmates during a class trip. Now Halmoni is taking the girl back to Korea for a memorial celebration of her late husband's birthday, and it is Yunmi's turn to feel like an outsider. Halmoni, who was so isolated and lonely in New York, is greeted by a large and loving family. Even her cat and dog welcome her back. Yunmi's cousins act as tour guides to the sights of Seoul, and the girl helps prepare Korean dumplings for the picnic at Grandfather's grave. At the memorial, worries overwhelm her. Halmoni seems so happy here that she may not want to return to New York. Not surprisingly, the woman reassures her American granddaughter, "We're lucky because we both have two families." This gentle, predictable story is more an introduction to Korean customs than a plot-driven narrative. Realistic illustrations of Yunmi's family, framed with borders suggesting Korean fabric design, add greatly to the book's appeal. Dugan's carefully composed paintings, glowing with color, convey the warm affection between granddaughter and grandmother.Margaret A. Chang, North Adams State College, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395811801
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/29/1997
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.63(w) x 10.34(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile:
AD550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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