A Piece of Home

Title

A Piece of Home

Authors

Jeri Watts

Illustrator

Hyewon Yum

Publisher

Candlewick Press

Publication Year

2016

ISBN

9780763669713

Pages

32 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

K-3

Lexile Measure

AD650L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Language barrier; Immigrants and refugees; communication barrier; learning a new language; immigrant family; immigrant child

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

Asian (Korean)

Family Formation

mother, father, and grandmother

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2016, Nominee, Fiction Picture Book
Ezra Jack Keats Book Award - New Writer, 2017, Winner, Children's Book
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2017 Ages 5 to 9
Best of the Best Books, 2016 Picture Book
Booklist Book Review Stars, 2016
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, 2017 Ages (7 - 10)
Notable Children's Books, 2017 Younger Readers
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2017 Kindergarten to 2nd grade

Keywords

Korea; school; home; moving; struggling in school; Mugunghwa plant; friendship; adjusting

Diversity Impact

direct

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