Good-bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong

Publisher: National Geographic Society – click on book for Amazon ordering

Jangmi is so sad. She’s moving – leaving Korea to go to America. She has to say good-bye to her house at 382 Shin Dang Dong and to everything familiar – her room, the willow tree in the courtyard, her favorite foods, the market place, and worst of all, her best friend, Kisuni. In this lyrical story of a child’s worries about moving and her ultimate resilience, Frances Park and Ginger Park evoke the feelings of every child whose family must move. Yangsook Choi’s rich oil paintings reflect the mood, from the monsoon rains of Korea, to the fogs of Massachusetts, to a final clearing as Jangmi begins to feel at home at 112 Foster Terrace, Brighton, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Praise

Good-bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong was listed in The New York Times Best Gift Guide.

“Children will find the details of cultural differences and the immigrant experience well evoked.” SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

“Though the subject of moving day is a popular theme, the Parks provide a unique perspective on the experience…The parallels of life in Korea and America are smartly conceived, and young readers will immediately identify with Jangmi and her friends. Korean terms, easily recognized in the context, add richness. Choi’s oils on the opposite page of the text are simple and focus on the young girl, though the two countries are distinct in the illustrations. A gentle and loving story perfectly pitched to its audience.” KIRKUS REVIEWS

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