Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Review from SLC

**Reviews from School Library Connection, Aug/Sept 2016 Issue**


Watts, Jeri

A Piece of Home

Illustrated by Hyewon Yum. 2016. 32pp. $16.99 hc. Candlewick Press. 9780763669713. Grades 1-3

Hee Jun leads a very ordinary life in Korea—He goes to school, plays with friends, and enjoys life with his parents, sister, and grandmother. One day his father comes home and announces that they are moving to West Virginia. In his new home, life is far from ordinary for Hee Jun and his family. His normally active grandmother becomes dull and listless. His sister bites, kicks, and spits at her teacher. Hee Jun doesn’t feel like he fits in. Eventually he finds a new friend in Steve and things take a turn for the better. The soft colorful pictures connect beautifully to the emotions and relationships of the characters. This story is a great jumping-off point for discussions around tolerance, differences, and being the new kid in school. Steven Hadge, Library Media Specialist, Robertson Elementary School, Manchester, Connecticut