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When Yunmi's class plans a picnic in Central Park, her Korean grandmother, Halmoni, agrees to chaperone. But Yunmi worries that the other children will make fun of Halmoni's traditional Korean dress and unfamiliar food....

Title : Halmoni and the Picnic
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ISBN : 9780395616260
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Halmoni and the Picnic Reviews

  • Shu Xiao
    2018-12-11 14:27

    This is a story about how a girl’s grandmother who just came to live in New York with her from Korea and got accustomed to her new life gradually with the help of the girl and her friends. It’s a heartwarming story with sensitive illustrations (no slant eyes!). What I like most about this book is that it’s not only about Halmoni (meaning Grandma in Korean) blending in in America, but also about Americans learning to respect the culture of others.

  • Veronica
    2018-12-08 19:33

    Beautiful picture book. I definitely cried at the end.

  • Rachel Erlandsen
    2018-11-30 19:31

    I thought that this story was very sweet. The main message of it was that a little bit of courage and the willingness to take a risk can lead to new opportunities and important changes. I liked that both Halmoni and Yunmi were a little bit apprehensive to take that leap of faith and put themselves out there - Yunmi didn't want Halmoni to be teased and Halmoni wasn't yet fully comfortable in a country so different from her native Korea - but the outcome was spectacular! One takeaway that I have from this book is that it is very important for students to be comfortable with sharing about their native cultures with one another and educating one another about their individual and special lifestyles. By doing this the students can get a broader view of the world outside of what they know, and create a stronger bond among one another by learning about each other and everyone's backgrounds. The author of this book, Sook Nyul Choi, is from North Korea, and has written books about what her life was like growing up North Korea. The illustrator of this book does not have any Korean background, but must have done a fair amount of research on the clothing and mannerisms of women in North Korea, because she did a very good, clear job at creating the dresses and full skirts worn by Halmoni and the expressions on her face when she chastises Yunmi for addressing people older than her out of the blue. The illustrator also has very clear, crisp lines in her artwork, which is very nice and refined and gives the art life.

  • Sophia George
    2018-12-01 21:27

    Halmoni and the Picnic is about a young Korean girl named Yunmi and her Grandmother or Halmoni, which means Grandmother in Korean. Yunmi's Grandmother has only been in the United States for two months and she does not yet feel comfortable with the customs of America. Yumni loves her Grandmother very much and loves to show her off to her friends who love her as well. Halmoni feels uncomfortable because she is not fluent in English and she does not want to seem dumb. Yumni and her friends are committed to making Halmoni feel comfortable and liked. When the oppurtunity comes up they take it. Yumni's class is holding a class picnic and they need a chaperon. Yumni's friends recommend Halmoni as the chaperon. Yumni's proposes this to Halmoni and she agrees to do so although she is nervous. Halmoni creates Korean dishes for the picnic and it was a hit. The students loved the food and enjoyed her company, this made Halmoni feel welcome and comfortable in her new environment. I think that kids would love this book because many would be able to relate. The pictures in the book are beautiful drawings that I also think students would enjoy.

  • Rebecca
    2018-11-23 14:22

    My 6 year old picked this delightful read at our library and we enjoyed a snuggle while reading about Yunmi and her Korean grandmother, Halmoni. This book really engaged her by letting us see what was going on inside the heads of the various characters. Why might Halmoni not like living in the U.S.? Why would she hesitate to speak English if she's already learning it? Why might Yunmi be nervous about the picnic foods that Halmoni packs for the school trip?All these questions and answers built up empathy for the characters and forced my little reader to think about both the text and about feelings in general. When we reached the story's happy conclusion, my daughter jumped up with a broad smile. I also appreciated the very multi-ethnic cast of characters. Definitely a winner on multiple levels.

  • Nancy
    2018-12-07 16:33

    Published: 1993, Houghton-MifflinAge: 6-9This is the story of Yunmi, a Korean American girl in the 3rd grade at St. Patrick’s School in New York City. Her Grandmother, Halmoni has just come from Korea and speaks no English and does not know American customs. Halmoni feels lonely and out of place. She walks Yunmi to school and Yunmi doesn’t like it because she thinks everyone will make fun of her and embarrass her because her grandmother is so different. The story touches on the hardships and feelings of immigration of older adults, and the struggle to fit in. It is warm hearted and the other children are very accepting. We learn about traditional Korean food, dress, customs, and signs of respect. The pictures are bordered with beautiful and colorful Korean textiles. The story touches on the realities of immigration and feelings of being different.

  • Carrie
    2018-12-01 13:06

    Halmoni and the Picnic was told from the perspective of a little Korean girl. Although I have never experienced the cultural differences as described in this book, I felt as though I could relate to the main character. Yunmi was fearful of what the children might think about her Grandmother. Sometimes I am afraid that my friends will think another one of my friends is odd.

  • ah
    2018-12-14 19:28

    sweet sweetnice concept fun funhonest and heartfeltedstory that has truth in itwowwwwwwwwwthank you very much for writing. Love it!!! it even made me burst into tears, remembering my own Korean grandma (who passed away)oh, I miss my grandmas.I also burst into laughter.ow, what a book.

  • Audrey
    2018-12-15 18:33

    Halmoni has a hard time adjusting to her new life in America until her granddaughter takes her with her as a chaperone on a class picnic. An awesome story of friendship and learning about and adapting to a new culture.

  • Audrey Harlan
    2018-12-15 20:16

    This is a great book. A little girl invites her grandmother along for a school trip and is worried because she is from another culture. I think this is an important book to read to students because so many students deal with this in their lives.

  • Margaret
    2018-11-21 21:16

    Great book about a child's field trip and how her grandmother did a great job being a chaperone. Wonderful to teach children that their old grandparents are still relevant and deserving of their respect.

  • M
    2018-11-27 17:10

    This book has realistic details about the differences of good manners between the US and Korea.