The Name Jar

Title: The Name Jar

Bibliography: Choi, Y. (2003). The Name Jar. New York: Dragonfly Books.

Short Annotation: Unhei is at a new school and nervous about meeting people.  but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, she is nervous that her classmates won’t be able to pronounce her name so, instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a different name within a week. Her new classmates really curious about this new student in their classroom with no name. They and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from. But while Unhei tries out different names, another student discovers her real name and how it is very special to Unhei and her family. Her new classmates encourage Unhei keeps her name and helps everyone with pronunciation.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 1-3

Readers who will like this book: Children who are learning about different cultures, children who have unfamiliar names, children dealing with culture shock.

Personal response and rating: This book was wonderful! I think it showed a great example of how students can embrace other cultures in their classrooms. Rating: 5

Question: Do you think it would be hard if you went to a new school in a different country? How do you think you would feel?


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