Winter Olympics: Picture Books for Korea

Links are to my reviews of the books, *** means I have this book in my library, available for checkout to library members.

Bae, Hyun-joo. New Clothes for New Year’s Day. Kane-Miller, 2007. A little girl puts on her new traditional Korean clothes for New Year’s Day.
Cheung, Hyechong. K is for Korea. Illustrated by Prodeepta Das. Frances Lincoln, 2008.
Choi, Yangsook. Peach Heaven. Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005.
Choung, Eun-hee. Minji’s Salon. Kane/Miller, 2008.
Climo, Shirley. The Korean Cinderella. HarperCollins, 1993.
*Don, Lari. Never Trust a Tiger: A Story from Korea. Illustrated by Melanie Williams. Barefoot Books, 2012.
*Haskins, James. Count Your Way Through Korea. Illustrated by Dennis Hockerman.
Heo, Yumi. One Afternoon. Orchard, 1994.
Kwon, Yoon D. My Cat Copies Me. Kane/Miller, 2007.
McDonald, Christine. Goyangi Means Cat. Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. Viking, 2011.
*O’Brien, Anne Sibley. The Princess and the Beggar. Scholastic, 1993.
Pak, Soyung. Dear Juno. Illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung. Puffin, 2001. Juno’s grandmother writes in Korean and Juno writes in drawings, but that doesn’t mean they can’t exchange letters.
Park, Frances and Ginger Park. My Freedom Trip: A Child’s Escape from North Korea. Illus. by Debra Jenkins. Boyds, 1998.
Park, Frances and Ginger Park. The Royal Bee. Illustrated by Christopher Zhuang. Boyds Mills, 2000. A poor Korean boy shows courage and determination to study and win a prize for his mother.
*Park, Janie Jaehyun. The tiger and the dried persimmon : a Korean folk tale. Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre, 2002.
*Park, Linda Sue. Bee-bim Bop. Illustrated by Ho Baek Lee. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008.
Park, Linda Sue. The Firekeeper’s Son. Ilustrated by Julie Downing. Clarion, 2004.
*Park, Linda Sue. Tap-Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems). Illustrated by Istvan Banyai. Clarion, 2007.
Recorvits, Helen. My Name is Yoon. Illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska. Farrar Strauss and Giroux, 2003.
Rhee, Nami. Magic spring: a Korean folktale. Putnam, 1993.
Wong, Janet. The Trip Back Home. Illustrated by Bo Jia. Harcourt, 2000.

Have a peach as you read Peach Heaven or make some Bee-Bim Bop as you read that title. Or for the more adventurous, try a persimmon fruit (The Tiger and the Dried Persimmon). Wikipedia says:

“Persimmons are eaten fresh, dried, raw, or cooked. When eaten fresh they are usually eaten whole like an apple or cut into quarters, though with some varieties it is best to peel the skin first. One way to consume very ripe persimmons, which can have the texture of pudding, is to remove the top leaf with a paring knife and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Riper persimmons can also be eaten by removing the top leaf, breaking the fruit in half and eating from the inside out. The flesh ranges from firm to mushy, and the texture is unique. The flesh is very sweet and when firm due to being unripe, possesses an apple-like crunch.”

Writen by Sherry

I'm a Christian, the homeschooling mom of eight (yes, all mine) children, married to a NASA engineer, and a confirmed bookaholic. I like old books, conservative politics, and new and interesting ideas. My hair is grey, my favorite clothes are red, and I love purple. Come on in and enjoy the blog. Be sure to tell me what you think before you leave.

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