Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth

cover of Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth, a children's book illustrated by Jessica Lanan
Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth
Shens Books (Lee & Low), May 2011
AGES: 5+
AUTHOR: Joan Schoettler
ILLUSTRATOR: Jessica Lanan
ISBN: 9781885008404
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Ji-su’s mother has been chosen by the Korean king to 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 also be chosen to serve the king. Through the changing seasons, Ji-su sews, learning the craft from her great-aunt and practicing 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?

Winner of the 2012-2013 Asian/Pacific American Libraries Association (APALA) Award for Literature in the Picture Book Category.


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