Yoon and the Jade Bracelet

Yoon and the Jade Bracelet

By Helen Recorvits; Gabi Swiatkowska (Illustrator)

Frances Foster Books, Hardcover, 9780374386894, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 5, 2008


It is Yoon's birthday and all she wants is a jump rope so she can play with the other girls in the school yard. Instead, Yoon's mother gives her a Korean storybook about a silly girl who is tricked by a tiger. Yoon also receives a jade bracelet that once belonged to her grandmother. The next day at school, a girl offers to teach Yoon how to jump rope, but for a price: she wants to borrow the jade bracelet. When Yoon tries to get her bracelet back, the girl swears it belongs to her. Yoon must use the lessons learned in her storybook and her "Shining Wisdom" to retrieve the precious keepsake.

In this third book featuring Yoon, lush impressionistic dreamscapes evoke a simple and timeless message: it is possible to trick a tiger.

"Yoon and the Jade Bracelet" is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About the Author
I grew up in a small city much like the town in" Goodbye, Walter Malinski". My grandparents were immigrants from Poland, Russia, and the Ukraine, and my parents were children during the Depression years. Determination and hope got them through those difficult times. Even though they experienced many hardships, they always found something to smile about.

I remember my mother reading to me when I was two years old. My favorite book was about Cinderella. She wore a beautiful pink-and-white gown that looked like a great big birthday cake. I began writing my own stories and sharing them with my cousins when I was eight years old. When I was a teenager, I wrote a weekly column for a local newspaper. Later, I graduated from Rhode Island College with degrees in education and psychology.

Today I live with my husband in the peaceful, woodsy town of Glocester, Rhode Island. I have two grown sons, and I am a second-grade teacher. I love reading and writing stories about interesting characters -- people trying to find their place in life, people with hope in their hearts.

Gabi Swiatkowska, a winner ofthe Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, has illustrated many beautiful books for children, including My Name isYoon by Helen Recorvits. She lives in France.

Praise For Yoon and the Jade Bracelet

“Swiatkowska captures subtle changes of expression and signs of character in the faces and bodies of her figures.” —Kirkus Reviews
“This story . . . allows readers to discover aspects of Korean culture and to learn how a Korean-American child reconciles her two worlds.” —School Library Journal “The satisfying resolution is well earned and will bolster readers facing their own tricky schoolyard tigers.” —Horn Book
“Recorvits’ story will ring true to any child who’s ever dealt with a bully, while Swiatkowska’s expressive paintings bring further emotion to the tale.” —Scripps Howard News Service
“The accomplished art has a childlike naiveté that fits the gentle story.” —Booklist

“Beautifully written and illustrated in every way, this gentle yet powerful story provides an important lesson on bullies and honesty.” —The Santa Fe New Mexican