Goyangi means cat /

by McDonnell, Christine; Johnson, Steve [ill.]; Fancher, Lou [ill.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Viking, 2011Edition: 1st ed.Description: [32] p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.ISBN: 9780670011797; 0670011797.Subject(s): Home -- Juvenile fiction | Korean Americans -- Juvenile fiction | Intercountry adoption -- Juvenile fiction | Adoption -- Juvenile fiction | Cats -- Juvenile fiction | Picture books for childrenSummary: An understanding cat helps a young Korean girl adjust to her new home in America.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p>When Soo Min comes from Korea to live with her new American family, she struggles to learn English and adjust to unfamiliar surroundings. She finds great comfort in the family's cat, Goyangi - that is, until he runs away. After searching the streets with her mother, Soo Min discovers her beloved pet has returned to the house, and speaks her first English word - 'Goyangi home.' This gentle story reveals that home is truly where the heart is.</p>

School Library Journal starred, July 2011

Publisher's Weekly, March 2011

Kirkus Starred, April 2011

Booklist, May 2011

Horn Book, July 2011

An understanding cat helps a young Korean girl adjust to her new home in America.


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Horn Book Review

Soo Min, a little girl from Korea, is joining her new parents, Omah and Apah, in the states. It's a challenge to adjust to all the changes -- the food is foreign, Omah's eyes are light, and Apah has a beard -- and Soo Min misses her Korean friends. The process is made easier with the help of the cat (Goyangi in Korean), whom Soo Min feeds, sleeps with, and watches over. A week after her arrival, Goyangi slips out of the house and disappears. Searching the neighborhood, calling his name, Soo Min fears that Goyangi is gone forever, which makes their reunion all the sweeter. The gentle collage illustrations, made of paper and acrylic and oil paint, contain patterns "selected to reflect the Eastern and Western worlds of Soo Min." Painted into the illustrations are Korean words related to each scene. On some pages, the words are written left to right in western style, while others are traditional Korean, written top to bottom and right to left. This careful combination pulls the story together and allows the reader to focus in on Soo Min's two worlds and her new parents -- who love her enough to give her the time she needs to adjust. Perfect for children who are welcoming a new child to their family or classroom. robin l. smith (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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