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Mindy Kim Series

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Warm series about Korean American girl's life in new town.

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age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+
age 6+

I love Mindy Kim Series

I think this is a wonderful start to a series that I can wait to recommend to other children just starting on chapter books.

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Author Lyla Lee deftly navigates a lot of issues that kids face, especially those in immigrant families or others who don't feel like they fit into their new communities. The Mindy Kim series tackles the deep grief surrounding a parent's death, the loneliness of starting in a new school, the difficulty of friendships, and much more, and does so in a warm, loving way. The series can help readers in Mindy's situation feel like someone understands them while also helping other kids empathize.

The use of Korean words throughout is lovely, always in context and explained (types of food, clothing, ways to refer to relatives, etc.), and instills a sense of pride in the culture. Younger readers might struggle with the amount of text on each page, but more advanced readers will enjoy the story arc and challenging vocabulary. And Dung Ho's cheery illustrations help keep kids engaged.

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