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Yoon and the Christmas Mitten

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Beautiful lesson on sharing holiday traditions.

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Page after page in YOON AND THE CHRISTMAS MITTEN is filled with fanciful images that float dreamily through the air. Muted, snowy scenes contrast with sensitive, up-close portraits of Yoon in the foreground -- they're so festive they almost glow. As Yoon tells her story, her slightly stilted phrasing sounds like that of a new immigrant from Korea. However, her concerns and reactions are those of all children, who will understand her excitement about Santa, and sympathize when her parents do not seem interested.

Of course this is more than the story of one girl's wish for Santa's visit. It is about the subtle struggles of an immigrant family as they try to keep their own culture while blending into a new one. The loving respect within the family helps them to bridge the gaps.

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