My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits

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Book: My Name Is Yoon

Genre: Children’s Literature

Author: Helen Recorvits

Illustrator: Gabi Swiatkowska

Imprints of Macmillan

First Square Fish Edition: 2014

Book Review: A story on a little girl ‘Yoon’ – who is seeking for acceptance in a country she has migrated to, which is very dissimilar from her native country; this story conveys that when we learn to accept our own persona we find ourselves more connected with others and humanity rather than cultural similarity between people is more responsible for social acceptance.


My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits, is an approximate 900 words story made up of several two, three, four and five letter words, with the maximum letter count in a word up to ten; the story comprises of words which are frequently repeated in the narration.

The illustrations by Gabi Swiatkowska are a neat presentation of artworks linking the progress of the story; I found that the exceptional feature of these artworks are the facial expressions of the different characters, which is precisely in tune with the emotional disposition required to describe the delicate quality of the story.

This children’s book is a good reading material to narrate for bedtime stories for children of 3 to 5 years and  a good source of reading  for children of 6 -7 years.


Academic use of the book, My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits:  (Appropriate for children of 5-7 years)

The teacher can narrate the story, with the aid of a larger visual medium for the presentation of the illustrations of the story which would be an interesting and a helpful medium to gain the attention of the children.

Follow-Up Activities –

  • Teacher can ask the children to state some of the repeated words mentioned in the story; ask the children questions for one word or one line answers. (Appropriate for children of 5-7 years)
  • Children can be asked to write down their own name with the crayon of their colour choice on a paper – observe the different letters in their name, count the number of letters in their name, count the similar letters in their name – through this activity children can also find out the names of children in their class who have the maximum number of letters in their name and the minimum number of letters in their name. (Appropriate for children of 5-6 years)
  • A multiple choice answer sheet for assessment could also be the best option for follow-up activity. (Appropriate for 7 year old children)
  • Each child can be asked to read a few lines from the story aloud in the class to complete the entire narrative. (Appropriate for children of 6-7 years)

The above activities based on the superior quality of the story, is good for enhancement of –

Reading skills,

Writing skills,

Linguistic skills,

Social skills,

Auditory skills,

Cognitive development,

Learning of mathematical concepts,

And also leads for development of attention span in children.

Amazon link: My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits


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