Cooper's Lesson is an inspiring story about identity and intergenerational friendship, featuring a young biracial boy, written in both English and Korean. Cooper has had about enough of being half and half. And he's really had enough of Mr. Lee, the owner of his neighborhood grocery store, speaking to him in Korean even though Cooper can't keep up. Frustrated, he often wonders why things have to be so complicated. Why can't he just be one race or the other? But one moment in Mr. Lee's store changes everything. Soon Cooper realizes that the things that make up a person are never simple whether one talks about them in English or Korean. Richly hued oil paintings and tender vivid prose combine to bring the characters to life.
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Cooper's Lesson is a great book about a boy who is half korean and half american. He is tired of his mom always making him speak korean and really tired of Mr. Lee talking in Korean to him. Cooper is also having a very tough time deciding if you wants to be American and Korean. But all of this changes during one visit to Mr. Lee's store. Cooper is introduced to a whole new world that he did think could happen.Cooper's Lesson was a very interesting book to read. As a student i can see how Cooper can be frustrated with his mom's constant pesturing of him. I did like that on every page they had the words in English and Korean. If i took the time, i think i could figure out to read this story in Korean.I loved a lot of things about Cooper's Lesson. This book is a teacher's book. It is written in multiple languages, shows the reader that young people have major problems, shows what good morals are, and shows the reader to take pride in who they are. This book is a GREAT book to use in the classroom.