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Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business (1) (edição 2020)

por Lyla Lee (Autor), Dung Ho (Ilustrador)

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Mindy Kim wants to fit in at her new school, but her favorite lunch leads to scorn, then a thriving business, and finally big trouble.
Título:Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business (1)
Autores:Lyla Lee (Autor)
Outros autores:Dung Ho (Ilustrador)
Informação:Aladdin (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 96 pages
Colecções:Lista de desejos
Etiquetas:Ages 6-9

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Early chapter book perfect for 2nd-3rd graders.
This one comes with a cute cover and title, but warning: it is quite a bit sad.
Korean-American Mindy Kim has just moved from California to Florida with her Dad after the death of her mom after a long illness.
Her family is only one of two Korean-American families in her new neighborhood and her new school is not as diverse as her old school in California. She gets teased a bit about her lunch at school.
She is dog-obsessed and schemes about ways of getting a family dog.
Themes of family, loneliness, diversity, new kid, friendships.
I want to continue in the series, to see how Mindy fares in her new life. ( )
  deslivres5 | Jun 30, 2021 |
Mindy Kim is a sweet girl, who deals with a situation almost any kid can relate to, while presenting a bit of cultural diversity along the way.

After the passing of her mother, Mindy and her father have moved from California to Florida, and that means they finally have a house with a yard. That makes Mindy one step closer to reaching one of her dreams: having a puppy to call her own. But that's going to have to wait thanks to other challenges. She's going to start a new school with the problem of finding new friends, and her father is still very sad about the loss of their mother. Mindy might have a way to solve both problems...maybe.

This is such a lovely story, and so easy to sink into. Mindy is a girl, who's hard not to like from the very first moment. She's kind, a little shy, wants to help where she can, but still faces the same problems of an average seven-year-old and doesn't always know how to deal with them. When she steps into the school for the first time, it's easy to understand her insecurity and feel for her as she sits at the lunch table by herself. Her attempts to make things work bring a smile to the face, and the stumbling blocks as well as her mistakes, make her into the kind of person most kids would want as a best friend.

The story rolls along in such a smooth way that it's hard to put down. And not only is the story one kids can sink into, but there's an important message as Mindy works through whatever she faces. The author also slides in aspects of Mindy's heritage, letting the reader learn a little bit more about an Asian culture along the way.

Summed up, this is a wonderful read I can see many kids really enjoying and can't wait to see where the rest of Mindy Kim's adventures will take her...and catch up on the ones, which have already are out there. This one gets a two thumbs up from me!

I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed this one so much that I'm leaving my honest thoughts. ( )
  tdrecker | Jan 23, 2020 |
Mindy has a lot of "new" in her life. She's moved across the country, from California to Florida, with her dad for a new job. Her mother died a short time ago and she and her father are having a hard time transitioning. Now she has to attend a new school where she is the only Asian-American girl. Not just the only Korean-American kid, but the only Asian-American student in the whole school!

Her first day is discouraging; nobody talks to her, her teacher can't pronounce her name and wants to use an "English" name for her instead, and a mean kid makes fun of her food, including her seaweed snacks. But that gives Mindy an idea. Determined to make friends, she starts distributing snacks and soon all the kids are talking to her and she has a friend! But things go wrong when she tries to make money for a puppy, to cheer up her dad and make herself feel better, and she not only gets in trouble, she might lose the only friend she's managed to make. Can Mindy fix things and will she ever fit into her new home?

The galley I received just had sketches, but I looked at some of the art online and the neat black and white illustrations are attractive and contrast the children at school, who appear to include black and white children, and Mindy's Korean-American family and adult support system outside of school.

Is this a little melodramatic? Of course it is, but it's also fairly realistic. While I would hope that teachers and kids wouldn't be so prejudiced and difficult towards someone from a nationality they haven't met, we all know there are those adults and children who would behave this way. This is light and funny and deals with sensitive subjects with ease. Is it great literature? No. But as I have said before, kids of all colors and cultures deserve fun, quick reading! There should be dramatic stories about friendship and school woes for kids from many different cultures and this is perfect.

As it happens, not only do I want to offer different perspectives to the (white) kids in my town, we also have a small but significant Korean population. This also seems to surprise people, but it really makes perfect sense - Kikkoman has a big factory in our county and they sponsor students to a local university, about an hour away. Mostly Korean, but some Japanese and Chinese students as well. Many of these are adults and have children, so I like to make sure I have some materials on hand for these kids to see themselves and that will mirror their own experiences.

Verdict: Whether they are Asian-American or not, kids who enjoy Junie B. Jones and similar tales of school and friendship woes will enjoy this new series and learn a few things about a different culture. Be prepared to tell them where they can find their own seaweed snacks!

ISBN: 9781534440074; Published February 2020 by Aladdin; ARC provided by publisher
  JeanLittleLibrary | Jan 11, 2020 |
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