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GOYANGI MEANS CAT – Book Review by S.A. Barone

Book Review by S. A. Barone

This wonderful book was written by Meg Medina and illustrated by Claudio Munoz.
Soo Min is a small girl from Korea and is joining her new parents in the United States.  It is a big challenge for young Soo Min to adjust to all the changes.  The food is very different, her new mother has light eyes and her new father has a beard and she misses her Korean friends. 

Her parents give Soo Min a cat, Goyangi.  Soo Min sleeps with her cat, feeds and plays with Goyangi.   Soo Min loves her new cat and takes good care of Goyangi.  However, after Soo Min has been in her new home for only a week, Goyangi slips out of the house and disappears.  Soo Min and her parents search and search for Goyangi.   Soo Min searched all through her neighborhood calling his name.  Soo Min was so afraid that Goyangi was gone forever, which makes their reunion that much sweeter.
Meg Medina has written a sweet and touching story about a little adopted Korean girl adjusting to her new surroundings and how her cat Goyangi helped her with those adjustments.  On some of the pages Meg Medina wrote some of the text left to right in the traditional western style, while other pages are written in traditional Korean, top to bottom and right to left.  This combination allows the reader to focus in on Soo Min’s two worlds and her new parents.

 The illustrations by Claudio Munoz are exceptional and beautiful.  His gentle collage illustrations, made of paper and acrylic and oil paint, contain patterns selected to reflect the Eastern and Western worlds of Soo Min. 

This is a perfect book for children who are welcoming a new child to their family or classroom.

Happy Reading!

S.A. Barone

Shirley is a published children’s writer. She has publishing credits in Highlights for Children, Turtle, Children’s Playmate, Humpty Dumpty, and Chicken Soup for the Pre-teen Soul. Shirley  has won a Distinguished Meritorious Service Award from the California School Boards Association for authoring an elective program that was adopted in schools in the Western United States and in areas of New York City. To learn more about Shirley and her art, visit www.sabarone.com

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