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Ji-su pressed closer to her mother. Stay. Don t go to King Yongjo s court. Ji-su s mother has been chosen by the Korean king to be a seamstress at the palace and sew bojagi, or wrapping cloths, for the royal household. It is a great honor, but to Ji-su it means saying good-bye to her mother. The only way for them to be reunited, Ji-su realizes, is for her to become a seamst Ji-su pressed closer to her mother. Stay. Don t go to King Yongjo s court. Ji-su s mother has been chosen by the Korean king to be a seamstress at the palace and sew bojagi, or wrapping cloths, for the royal household. It is a great honor, but to Ji-su it means saying good-bye to her mother. The only way for them to be reunited, Ji-su realizes, is for her to become a seamstress just as talented and be chosen to serve the king. Through the changing seasons, Ji-su sews, learning the craft from her great-aunt and practicing her stitches tirelessly. One day, she finally has the chance to show her work to the palace Sanguiwon master, who has the power to bring her to her mother or to dash her hopes of being reunited. Is her sewing fine enough for the king? Joan Schoettler s warm text brings the landscape and culture ancient Korea and to life. Together with illustrator Jessica Lanan s breathtaking depictions of Korea through the seasons, Ji-su s story of longing and determination will capture the hearts of readers of all ages.


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Ji-su pressed closer to her mother. Stay. Don t go to King Yongjo s court. Ji-su s mother has been chosen by the Korean king to be a seamstress at the palace and sew bojagi, or wrapping cloths, for the royal household. It is a great honor, but to Ji-su it means saying good-bye to her mother. The only way for them to be reunited, Ji-su realizes, is for her to become a seamst Ji-su pressed closer to her mother. Stay. Don t go to King Yongjo s court. Ji-su s mother has been chosen by the Korean king to be a seamstress at the palace and sew bojagi, or wrapping cloths, for the royal household. It is a great honor, but to Ji-su it means saying good-bye to her mother. The only way for them to be reunited, Ji-su realizes, is for her to become a seamstress just as talented and be chosen to serve the king. Through the changing seasons, Ji-su sews, learning the craft from her great-aunt and practicing her stitches tirelessly. One day, she finally has the chance to show her work to the palace Sanguiwon master, who has the power to bring her to her mother or to dash her hopes of being reunited. Is her sewing fine enough for the king? Joan Schoettler s warm text brings the landscape and culture ancient Korea and to life. Together with illustrator Jessica Lanan s breathtaking depictions of Korea through the seasons, Ji-su s story of longing and determination will capture the hearts of readers of all ages.

30 review for Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth

  1. 4 out of 5

    Set

    This is a story about a girl that strives to perfect her embroidery to be worthy to become one of the king's seamstresses and join her mother in doing so. We see the beauty of Asian culture through their art, fashion and interior and exterior designs. This is a story about a girl that strives to perfect her embroidery to be worthy to become one of the king's seamstresses and join her mother in doing so. We see the beauty of Asian culture through their art, fashion and interior and exterior designs.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Children's Literature Centre at FSU

    Schoettler uses her language carefully by using cultural specific words and explains what they are using English cognates. Schoettler immerses the reader in the Korean culture with a beautiful story of a girl who strives to be worthy of her king so that she could see her mother again. She immediately has the reader sitting on the edge of his/her seat waiting to find out what the girl is going to do next. Schoettler’s character's attitude and determination is inspiring and uplifting. Lanan’s illu Schoettler uses her language carefully by using cultural specific words and explains what they are using English cognates. Schoettler immerses the reader in the Korean culture with a beautiful story of a girl who strives to be worthy of her king so that she could see her mother again. She immediately has the reader sitting on the edge of his/her seat waiting to find out what the girl is going to do next. Schoettler’s character's attitude and determination is inspiring and uplifting. Lanan’s illustrations are simple and filled with the Asian culture. She does a beautiful job showing the characters' emotions on their faces. Lanan uses colors to help show the mood and attitude that is described in the text. Her Illustrations feed the imagination of the reader so that the reader can picture the real-life story happening. Her illustrations allow even young readers to see the difficulties, the emotions, and the decisions that take place in this beautiful story. Review written by Katie Lick

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aladdin Jones

    As a book geared towards what seems to be 3rd grade and above, Joan Schoettler definitely depicts a snippet of the beauty within the Asian culture. When one reads the word wrapping cloth, it is not uncommon to think about the concept of giving a gift to someone. In essence, that is what the author talks about in this story. Young Ji-su has the passion to become a world renown seamstress just like her mother. This is a tale that focuses on the characteristic of determination and will. The author As a book geared towards what seems to be 3rd grade and above, Joan Schoettler definitely depicts a snippet of the beauty within the Asian culture. When one reads the word wrapping cloth, it is not uncommon to think about the concept of giving a gift to someone. In essence, that is what the author talks about in this story. Young Ji-su has the passion to become a world renown seamstress just like her mother. This is a tale that focuses on the characteristic of determination and will. The author wants her readers to understand the concept of if you put in the hard work, and stay focused on your goal, you can and will achieve said task and feel good about yourself. You won't allow others to distract and deter you from your path of success. The illustrations within the book also allow readers to feel the "significance" of art within this culture as well.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Tomb

    This book taught me new words that I did not know nor knew how to pronounce it. I learned things about their culture and the things that they do. I learned a lot and also enjoyed the book. The book was emotional and cute and happy all at the same time and I loved Ji-su and her motivation to see her mother again.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Wheeland

    Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth “Third graders, we just finished reading ‘Goodbye 382 Shin Dang Dong’ in our reading book. What culture did this story revolve around?” Pause for student responses. “That’s right! The main character had just moved to the United States from Korea. What are some things you learned about Korean culture from that story?” Pause for student responses. “Today we’re going to learn a little more about Korean culture and its history. This story, ‘Good Fortune in a Wrapping Clot Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth “Third graders, we just finished reading ‘Goodbye 382 Shin Dang Dong’ in our reading book. What culture did this story revolve around?” Pause for student responses. “That’s right! The main character had just moved to the United States from Korea. What are some things you learned about Korean culture from that story?” Pause for student responses. “Today we’re going to learn a little more about Korean culture and its history. This story, ‘Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth’ by Joan Schoettler, tells the story of a little girl and her mother living during the Joseon Dynasty. A dynasty is a period of time when one royal family rules the country. During this time, the king chose the most talented cooks, seamstresses and craftsmen from the surrounding villages to work in his palace. It was considered a great honor to hold these positions. In this story, the main character and her mother are seamstresses and their specialty is sewing bojagi. Bojagi were beautiful and often complex cloths that were used for everything from wrapping gifts to storing food. I want you to pay attention to how this piece of Korean culture is important in the story. How does it tie the story together from beginning to end?” -Make connections to a previously read text -Provide important background information -Lay groundwork for helping children understand the theme -Tell the meaning of a key word I chose this story because it connects to our Pearson curriculum story “Goodbye 382 Shin Dang Dong.” It provides an extension for students to learn more about Korean culture. (2011, November 1). School Library Journal. http://www.flr.follett.com/search?SID...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Bernard

    Ji-su is a young girl who will soon loose her mother to the Sanguiwon Master. You see, Eomma is the finest seamstress in the land. It is an honor to be able to sew for the Sanguiwon. Eomma made the best bojagi, the King had ever seen. Ji-su's learns to be a seamstress from Gomo. Soon she will be so good that the Sanguiwon Master will love her bojagi and she will see her mother once again. As the seasons come and go Ji-Su practices until her fingers bleed. Finally, the day has come and she can sh Ji-su is a young girl who will soon loose her mother to the Sanguiwon Master. You see, Eomma is the finest seamstress in the land. It is an honor to be able to sew for the Sanguiwon. Eomma made the best bojagi, the King had ever seen. Ji-su's learns to be a seamstress from Gomo. Soon she will be so good that the Sanguiwon Master will love her bojagi and she will see her mother once again. As the seasons come and go Ji-Su practices until her fingers bleed. Finally, the day has come and she can show her best work. The day of the long walk to see her mother has arrived. This is a wonderful story of determination and tradition. The watercolor illustrations help tell a soft story of family. Young readers will learn Korean culture and language through the eyes of a young girl. In the back of the book readers, teachers and homeschoolers will be able to study the glossary of terms and read the Author's Notes about bojagi and the Joseon Dynasty.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Thompson

    This book would be wonderful for children to learn about a culture that may be different from their own. I know that before I read this book I had never seen or heard of some of these words. I found it interesting to learn and read about a different culture. I particularly liked Ji- su being reunited with Eomma. I was happy that they were reunited and that they could be together again. I would use this book in an English or history classroom to teach about a different culture. It is important fo This book would be wonderful for children to learn about a culture that may be different from their own. I know that before I read this book I had never seen or heard of some of these words. I found it interesting to learn and read about a different culture. I particularly liked Ji- su being reunited with Eomma. I was happy that they were reunited and that they could be together again. I would use this book in an English or history classroom to teach about a different culture. It is important for students to receive a multicultural education and this book would assist in that. It would also give students words that they are not familiar with, and could challenge them. This book has many positives to it, and would be great for numerous lessons in a classroom.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    The Author and the illustrator are all westerners and they composed and edited this book so well as if they have lived in Korea a long time. I observed the pictures of the book and felt surprised because every tool in the picture in this book is correct. They must know about the Korean culture or must take a visit to Korea. Every word or phrase looks like poetry and the pictures are fit to this poetry. These two things emerge a beautiful scene and background of the story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Megan Morris

    The illustrations in this book were amazing. They were so unique and at the same time they were so simple. The simplicity of the pictures were very pretty and beautiful. Although, I thought the pictures too pretty for the story. The story was nice, but nothing special. I only thought it was unique because it was about a little Korean girl. This gives a cultural diversity book that gives a wider range of children to relate to.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Read Ribbet

    While written and illustrated from outside the culture, this Korean story is beautifully told and illustrated as a young girl tries to reunite with her mother by learning how to sew good enough for the king. The Korean words will make an interesting working with word lessons. The central character is driven to learn how to sew which is a good model for inquiry.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bear

    The story felt a bit disjointed in the telling but it was a sweet reunion when little Ji-su gets to see her Eomma again. A tale of persistence and perseverance against the odds.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nance

    The illustrations are beautiful but did not seem to flow well with the story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    The story does not quite match the beauty of the illustrations but a lovely book nonetheless.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

  15. 4 out of 5

    Yuni

  16. 4 out of 5

    Moonhee Han

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

  18. 5 out of 5

    Natalie 5

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kelley

  20. 4 out of 5

    Yuna K

  21. 5 out of 5

    Evelyne Holingue

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Jorgensen

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Evelyne Holingue

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Fisher

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Gleydura

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Lampe

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