Goyangi means cat

by McDonnell, Christine.

Format: Print Book 2011
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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.

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Booklist Review: "Simple words and gentle, soft-toned pictures tell this story, true to a young child's viewpoint, about a Korean girl who is adopted by a white American family. At first, the text and images show how Soo Min feels like a stranger in a home in which people do not look like her and cannot speak her language, and she doesn't know any English. Her close bond is with the family cat, which she names Goyangi. Then Goyangi goes missing, and Soo Min crie. for the cat and for Kore. until Goyangi comes home, and at last, Soo Min feels as if she does, too. It's the story's honesty about how hard Soo Min's adjustment is that makes her final homecoming so moving. The beautiful, patterned art in paper collage and acrylic and oil paint nicely echoes the text's emotions; Soo Min's body language, particularly, shows the pain of being a child alone in a strange world. The messages are never heavy, and kids will relate to the universal themes of family and finding home.--Rochman, Haze. Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The experience of being adopted by parents who speak another language is vividly portrayed in McDonnell's (Dog Wants to Play) account of the first weeks of a Korean child's life in a new country. Johnson and Fancher (A Boy Named FDR) dwell on the safe, comfortable home that Soo Min's American parents offer her; their collages highlight the colorful textiles that decorate the walls and furniture. Yet this warmth is no consolation for Soo Min, whose new parents know only "a few Korean words." Simple words (family, home, cat, etc.) appear in Korean within the artwork, making patterns that contrast with those in the house, just as Soo Min's language contrasts with theirs. "Goyangi," the word for cat, becomes the Siamese cat's new name; Soo Min lavishes attention on it, and when it disappears, she's inconsolable. "She cried for Goyangi. She cried for Korea. So many tears." But when Goyangi returns, Soo Min speaks her first English sentence-"Goyangi home." By facing head-on the difficulties that can sometimes accompany adoption, the book provides a sensitive depiction of an experience that readers-or their friends-may have gone through themselves. Ages 3-8. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Home -- Juvenile fiction.
Korean Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Intercountry adoption -- Juvenile fiction.
Adoption -- Juvenile fiction.
Cats -- Juvenile fiction.
Home -- Fiction.
Korean Americans -- Fiction.
Intercountry adoption -- Fiction.
Adoption -- Fiction.
Cats -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Viking,2011
Contributors Johnson, Steve, 1960-
Fancher, Lou.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN 9780670011797 (hbk.)
0670011797 (hbk.)
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