"Seoul Finds Her Talent"
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Reviewed by: Kristine Zimmerman, Readers Favorite
Review Rating: 5 Stars - Congratulations on your 5-star review!
“Seoul Finds Her Talent” is a charming book where a little Korean-American girl named Seoul is invited to a neighborhood talent show. After learning what that is, she sets out in search for her unique talent. Will she find answers from visiting her friends, can her Halmony help her and will she discover her uniqueness in time?
We learn everyone has something special to offer. The book is sprinkled with Korean words and cultural references that teach children about Korean culture depicted through a modern mixed Korean-American family.
Kids' talent shows provide a fun showcase for kids to demonstrate their budding talents. Kimberly Ratliff has shown that they can also be used to introduce kids to different cultural traditions. I enjoyed the fact that each of her friends shared their talents and encouraged Seoul even when she wasn't successful. Seoul Finds Her Talent celebrates the uniqueness in all of us. It also highlights a slice of Korean culture that isn't always depicted in children's picture books. As a former children's librarian, I would always welcome multicultural books which I believe serve two purposes. They provide an introduction for those unfamiliar with the culture but they also provide representation so all kids can find books that reflect their life. Ratliff's colorful illustrations enhance the story. I loved Kim-Chi, Seoul's little dog, who also has a talent! Seoul Finds Her Talent is a delightful book that will encourage kids to celebrate their special gifts.