Written by Jeri Watts
Illustrated by Hyewon Yum
Published by Candlewick Press
When Hee Jun’s family moves from Korea to West Virginia, he struggles to adjust to his new home. His eyes are not big and round like his classmates’, and he can’t understand anything the teacher says, even when she speaks s-l-o-w-l-y and loudly at him. As he lies in bed at night, the sky seems smaller and darker. But little by little Hee Jun begins to learn English words and make friends on the playground. And one day he is invited to a classmate’s house, where he sees a flower he knows from his garden in Korea mugunghwa, or rose of Sharon, as his friend tells him and Hee Jun is happy to bring a shoot to his grandmother to plant a piece of home in their new garden. Lyrical prose and lovely illustrations combine in a gentle, realistic story about finding connections in an unfamiliar world.
Primary ISBN: 9780763669713
Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 06 or older
Community Represented: Korean/Korean American
Setting: United States (West Virginia)
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Immigrant
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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