There are a lot of things that I want to teach my children. ABC's, how to tie their shoes, which color is blue. But then there are the really important things: integrity, diligence, perseverance, love, faithfulness, and hope. These things are much harder to teach. And much harder to write about in a meaningful way. Children's books often avoid these subjects, or state them outright, instead of telling rich and magical stories that bring those lessons directly to a child's heart.
The illustrations in this book are just as exquisite as the writing, with an artistry that is rarely seen in children's picture books. This book may be for children, but older children, and even adults, will enjoy reading this story to its conclusion.
Book for Children Ages: 4 years old and older
Family Reading Time: This is a perfect book to read as a whole family, or for older children to read to younger ones. Your little kids will love the pictures and the story, while the older ones will be able to have more in depth conversations about the theme of the story and the historical and cultural background.
- Take time to talk about the details in the illustrations and how they help tell the story.
- Research shows that one of the best ways to help our children succeed is to praise them for effort rather than talent (e.g. "you kept trying until you got it right, good job" rather than "you are so smart!"). This story is a perfect opportunity to start teaching the benefit of effort, and that anyone who is excellent at anything has to practice and work at it for a long time.
- Why did Ji-Su's mother have to go away? Why do you think Ji-Su could not go with her?
- What made Ji-Su keep working so hard, even when it didn't go quite as she wanted?
- How do you think Ji-Su felt when she finally got to see her mother again?
- What was your favorite part of the story? Why?
- What was the hardest thing you ever had to do? How did you do it?
- What do you really think brought Ji-Su goo fortune? Was it the wrapping cloth?
- Create your own bogagi by cutting and sewing pieces of cloth together into a pattern. For younger children, use colored paper instead and glue them as a collage onto a background piece. You can help your children develop find motor skills by letting them cut out their own shapes from the paper. Artistic skill is also used as they piece those together on the background. Allow them to experiment and do it their way - even if that means having some pieces hang over the edge or not fully filling the space.
- Is there someone that your child misses? Perhaps a grandparent or far away friend. Make them a card or picture and send it to let them know you are thinking about them.
- How many different things can you think of that take skill and practice to learn? Perhaps look through magazines together and cut out pictures of examples and make your own book. On on side glue the magazine picture, and on the other write what the picture is showing and some of the things that person had to do to get good at that thing.
- Look at a map or globe and find Korea. Now find where you live. Do you live far from or close to Korea? Do you know anyone from there or who has visited there?
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book*