FATHER'S RUBBER SHOES
New York : Orchard Books, 1995
IL K-3, RL 3.9
story follows a young boy, Yungsu, who just immigrated to America with
his family from Korea. While the book does not come out and give you a
lot of direct information, students will have to infer that the family
moved to America so the father could better support them. Yungsu is not
happy in America and feels homesick and lonely. These are emotions that
many students will identify with especially if they have ever had to move.
The father shares a story about his childhood which helps the boy understand
the sacrifices his father is making. The next day the mother makes a traditional
Korean meal which cheers the Yungsu up. He heads into town to share the
meal with his father and makes a friend along the way.
This book would be a great opener to discuss Korean culture and foods or even emotions in children. Children will easily relate with Yungsu and his wants. This book is beautifully illustrated lending itself well to be read aloud. The pictures are colorful and help students to understand the details of the story. (G. Rocha, email@example.com, teacher)
Korean Americans -- Fiction.
Homesickness -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.