Written by Soyung Pak
Illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung
ISBN 0-670-88252-6 32 pages
When Juno's parents are too busy to read him a letter from his grandmother in Korea, Juno decides he can't wait for them to help, and opens the letter himself. No, he cannot read the Korean words, but there's more in the envelope than just the letter. Grandmother has sent along a few things--a dried flower and a photograph of herself with her cat. These little things tell Juno a lot: Grandmother has a new cat and she's planting a flower garden. Now Juno wants to write back--without help from mom and dad--but Grandmother can't read English. Juno knows just want to do. With its warm and elegant illustrations, Dear Juno is a picture book that crosses cultures and generations while encouraging children to find their own solutions.
"Pak's story is economically told and sensitively focused through
Juno's eyes. The tight construction is beautifully complemented
by Hartung's blotted oil paint glazes in compositions
that are both well designed and touching."
"The handsome layout, featuring ample white space and illustrations that cover anywhere from one page to an entire spread, perfectly suit the gentle, understated tone of the text. The realistic pictures, created by using oil-paint glazes on sealed paper, have a delightfully
cozy feeling, making this a good choice for
snuggling up and reading one-on-one."
School Library Journal
"The illustrations, done in oil-paint glazes, are beautifully lit; the characters, particularly Grandmother, with her bowl of
persimmons, her leafy garden, and her grey bun that
looks "like a powdered doughnut," are charming."
The muted colors of Hartungs illustrations create a cozy
atmosphere for Paks affecting story.
The Horn Book
This sweet story is written with a childlike simplicity that kids will easily relate to, and Hartungs oil glazed paintings depicting
scenes of Junos American home and faraway Korea
are a good match for the words.
A new classic....Susan Kathleen Hartungs illustrations are a gentle and fluid accompaniment to the story. Faces are left relatively undefined, colors are bright but muted, and she plays some
lovely tricks with perspective, showing us the distant lights of an American town or the enormous yellow glow of a firefly.
The Boston Sunday Globe
Susan Hartungs oil glazes share the translucency of water colors but with a flat tactility that brings textures of fabrics and hair strongly into the pictures. We often look down onto the small boy, and when, suddenly, were looking down through leaves at Grandma, the
recurring angle of perspective draws the world together.
The Chicago Tribune
|Awards & Honors
Ezra Jack Keats Award
Childrens Literature Choice Award
Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
The Society of Illustrators 19th Annual The Original Art Exhibition
The Society of Illustrators 43rd Annual Exhibition & Publication
National Council of Teachers of English Notable Childrens Book
Junior Library Guild Selection
AfterSchool KidzLit selection
Mazza Museum permanent collection
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