MY NAME IS SANGOEL by Karen Lynn Williams

MY NAME IS SANGOEL

Age Range: 7 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

The authors of Four Feet, Two Sandals (2007, illustrated by Doug Chayka) craft another sensitively written, hope-filled immigrant story, this one featuring a young Sudanese refugee who finds an inventive way to break the ice in his new American school. Sangoel arrives in the United States with little beyond his mother, his little sister and his Dinka name—which everyone he meets stumbles over and usually mispronounces. Rejecting his mother’s suggestion that he should perhaps take an American name, he instead goes to school the next day wearing a shirt on which he’s written “My Name Is,” followed by pictures of a sun and a soccer goal. His delighted classmates follow suit by turning their own names into rebuses. Stock uses transparent colors and thick brushwork to give her tableaux a sense of movement, capturing the apprehension of Sangoel and his family as they travel from a spare, dusty refugee camp to a crowded and snowy American city. Though a skinny eight-year-old with downcast eyes, Sangoel is such a picture of quiet dignity that readers will come away admiring his courage and self-possession. (afterword) (Picture book. 7-9)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5307-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Eerdmans
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2009




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