Juna's Jar (Paperback)

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Juna's Jar (Paperback)

By Jane Park, Felicia Hoshino (Illustrator)


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“Blissfully imaginative and playful, the story follows a girl named Juna and her best friend, Hector. The two children collect things in empty kimichi jars (Juna’s family is Korean) and go on countless adventures together until Hector and his family move away suddenly. Juna, sad and alone, didn’t even get to say goodbye to her friend. Juna’s brother, in his attempts to cheer her up, lights the oceans and rainforests and night sky of her imagination once again with the empty kimichi jars. A story of friendship and change, acceptance and magic, and the wonder of little things in a big world. As someone who grew up with a Korean father (and about half a million jars of kimichi throughout the years.) I resonated deeply with this story. It is moving but not like an earthquake; it moves like a page of watercolors and sunlight.” –

— Taylor at Laurel Village

New Voices Award Winner, Lee & Low Books
Notable Books for a Global Society, International Literacy Association (ILA)
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)
Best Books of the Year, Honorable Mention, The Huffington Post
Best Multicultural Books, Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Books
Top 2015 Mighty Girl Books for Young Children, A Mighty Girl
Top 25 APA Book Picks for 2015, BookDragon
Junior Library Guild Selection, JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD

After Juna's best friend moves away, Juna, an imaginative Korean American girl, goes on magical adventures by way of her special kimchi jar.

Juna and her best friend, Hector, have many adventures together, and they love to collect things in empty kimchi jars. Then one day, Hector moves away without having a chance to say good-bye. Juna is heartbroken and left to wonder who will on go on adventures with her. Determined to find Hector, Juna turns to her special kimchi jar for help each night. She plunges into the depths of the ocean, swings on vines through the jungle, and flies through the night sky in search of her friend. What Juna learns is that adventure -- and new friends -- can be found in the most unexpected places.

Coupled with dreamy watercolor illustrations by Felicia Hoshino, Juna's Jar is a heart-warming and whimsical tale about the power of the imagination.

Jane Park (formerly Bahk) won Lee & Low's New Voices Award for Juna's Jar, which was also recognized with the Asian/Pacific American Library Association Award for Literature and as a Notable Book for a Global Society by the International Literacy Association. Juna and Appa was inspired by her memories of growing up in her family's dry-cleaning shop. Park lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can visit her online at janeparkbooks.com. Felicia Hoshino is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer who also illustrated Lee & Low's Juna's Jar, A Place Where Sunflowers Grow, and Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin. In addition to creating mixed-media images for children's books and magazines, she enjoys painting children's portraits, cooking with her husband, and decorating the walls at home with art created by her son and daughter. Hoshino lives in her native San Francisco, California, with her family. You can visit her online at felishino.com.

Product Details ISBN: 9781620148310
ISBN-10: 1620148315
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Publication Date: September 4th, 2018
Pages: 32
Language: English