In the 2010 Census, almost 10 million Americans identified as multiracial. As our population grows, more and more families will be made up of people who may not look just like one another.
My Name is Zedonk is a charming children's book celebrating diverse and multiracial families—or just a little story about a zedonk, read into it what you wish. Originally published in Korea, the story is for ages 3 to 8 and illustrated with full color, mixed media drawings that will resonate across ages, races, and genders. This story captures love, acceptance, and the mystery and magic of family.
"My mama is a donkey,
my papa is a zebra,
and I am a zedonk.
Each of us is a bit different and we are all happy together.”
About the Author
Jia Han studied Visual Design at Sookmyung University in Korea. She also has an MA from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, England. She lives in Korea.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is so sweet. It's the story of a zebra and a donkey who fell in love. While zebras and donkeys don't usually live together, they decided they didn't care. They were in love and that is what mattered. The story is told by their child, Zedonk (a zedonk - "ze" from zebra and "donk" from donkey). The text of this story is pretty simplistic, but the message is huge. Differences don't have to mean that people cannot love each other. Different people can be happy together. The illustrations in this book are perfect. They look like watercolors or perhaps even crayon. They're very childlike, but also professional looking. Some pages just have stripes or yarn - small elements that add to the story. I very much enjoyed this book. Ages 3-6 http://www.momsradius.com/2017/01/kid-lit-my-name-is-zedonk.html
This is a very cute simple story dealing with multi-racial families. I see it as a story about family love. Zedonk, a zedonk with a zebra father and donkey mother, explains how his parents met and fell in love. Even though donkeys usually stay with donkeys and zebras with zebras, they fell in love and got married. They had a baby, Zedonk, who plays with all kinds of animals and has a lot of friends. The one issue I had is the fact that the book says the donkeys usually stay with donkeys and zebras with zebras, which if this is to be compared to humans, then that is the stereotype we do not want to reinforce. It is only mentioned once, so it is not a big issue, but it is still there. The illustrations are cute, drawn in an almost childlike manor that I think children will like. A good book to be used in a unit when teaching about acceptance and families. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.