When Soo Min comes from Korea to live with her new American family, she struggles to learn English and adjust to unfamiliar surroundings. She finds great comfort in the family's cat, Goyangi - that is, until he runs away. After searching the streets with her mother, Soo Min discovers her beloved pet has returned to the house, and speaks her first English word - "Goyangi home." This gentle story reveals that home is truly where the heart is.
About the Author
Steve Johnson lives in Minneapolis, MN.
Lou Fancher lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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As more and more children's books about adoption start to line the shelves of our local libraries and book stores, it becomes increasingly more important to identify which are GOOD adoption books, worth a read. Following the very popular "I Wished for You" by Marianne Richmond and the lovely "Sweet Moon Baby: An Adoption Tale" by Karen Henry Clark and Patrice Barton, comes "Goyangi Means Cat" by Christine McDonnell. This enchantingly illustrated adoption tale will be especially helpful to parents of adopted children from Korea who are old enough to have learned some Korean, but can be read and enjoyed by all adoptive families. "Goyangi" identifies some basic Korean words and uses them to weave the rest of the story about little Soo Min and her new home in America. Though her new mother's light complexion and the new food she is eating seems strange at first, Soo Min immediately falls in love with the house cat, who later helps her to learn her first English word. The paper collage and painted illustrations by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher beautifully combine "Eastern" and "Western" patterns; bringing both cultures together in a seamless, aesthetically-pleasing way. Some Korean words are also painted into the backgrounds to delight Korean children who may have started learning to read and write before they came to America. "Goyangi" takes its place among important books about adoption and is a must for adopted children from Korea. Recommended for children of all ages.