The Name Jar

Choi, Y. (2001). The name jar. Dragonfly Books. New York.

Unhei moves from Korea to the United States. Nobody in her class can pronounce her name, so with the help of her classmates they decide on a new name for her.

Book by an Asian American author


This would be a great book for first or second graders. The pages are a little long so they might not be able to read it to themselves at first. It would be a great book to read out loud to a class. It would be perfect for any children emigrating from different countries to read to so they could relate to Unhei and the friendships she eventually forms.

I love this book. I love the idea of the children trying to come up with new names for Unhei, but in the end her choosing her own special name. A lot of kids have special names with meaning and it would be a fun way to use this book in the classroom to explore the meaning behind different children’s names.

In the end, what name did Unhei chose?