Grandpa Across the Ocean

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$16.99  $15.80
Harry N. Abrams
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9.3 X 10.2 X 0.6 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Hyewon Yum was born and grew up in South Korea, and now she lives in New York with her own family. Every summer, she visits her parents in South Korea so her kids can spend time with their grandparents. She is the creator of many acclaimed picture books, including Lion Needs a Haircut, Saturday is Swimming Day, and Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten!


"Charming... Told in a pitch-perfect kid voice with a satisfying narrative arc, Yum's sweetly comedic picture book will resonate with any reader who has experienced diasporic--or generational--tension with an older relative." --Publishers Weekly
"Young readers will be comforted and entertained by the evolution of the relationship between the boy and his grandfather... Yum's witty, brief text perfectly and humorously complements her simple but expressive illustrations. The circumstances will resonate for children who have family far away."--School Library Journal
"This is a simple story with an important message that young readers and their caregivers will appreciate: take a little time, make a little effort, and all will be well." --Booklist
"Gentle and patient... Use this to prepare kids for their own visits with faraway grandparents or just to demonstrate how an initially strange place can turn to home." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Sweet and funny... The straightforward text is easily accessible, and the colored-pencil illustrations are bright and vibrant. Faithful representations of street scenes and food culture in South Korea invite readers from the same background to connect personally with the visual narrative, while allowing others to experience something new."--The Horn Book Magazine
"Illustrated with colored pencil, the scenes are light and filled with patience and love. The grandfather is frequently shown at the same eye level as the child, highlighting the importance of physical connection. An effort is made to translate simple Korean words to English, and many will recognize the awkward feeling of understanding a different culture."--Kirkus Reviews