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Candlewick Press (MA)

Mommy's Hometown

Mommy's Hometown

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When a young boy and his mother travel overseas to her childhood home in Korea, the town is not as he imagined. Will he be able to see it the way Mommy does?

This gentle, contemplative picture book about family origins invites us to ponder the meaning of home. A young boy loves listening to his mother describe the place where she grew up, a world of tall mountains and friends splashing together in the river. Mommy's stories have let the boy visit her homeland in his thoughts and dreams, and now he's old enough to travel with her to see it for himself. But when mother and son arrive, the town is not as he imagined. Skyscrapers block the mountains, and crowds hurry past. The boy feels like an outsider--until they visit the river where his mother used to play, and he sees that the spirit and happiness of those days remain. Sensitively pitched to a child's-eye view, this vivid story honors the immigrant experience and the timeless bond between parent and child, past and present.

Author: Hope Lim
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Published: 04/12/2022
Pages: 32
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.90lbs
Size: 10.50h x 8.70w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9781536213324
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 03/01/2022
Booklist 03/15/2022 pg. 80
School Library Journal 04/01/2022 pg. 128
Kirkus Reviews 04/15/2022
Publishers Weekly 05/02/2022

About the Author
Hope Lim is the author of I Am a Bird, illustrated by Hyewon Yum, and My Tree, illustrated by Il Sung Na. Born and raised in South Korea, Hope Lim now lives with her family in San Francisco.

Jaime Kim was born and raised in Korea before moving to the United States at the age of eighteen. She is the author-illustrator of Ready for the Spotlight! and the illustrator of many books for young readers, including La La La: A Story of Hope by Kate DiCamillo. Jaime Kim lives in North Carolina.
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