Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth
By Joan Schoettler
Illustrated by Jessica Lanan
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?
About the Creators
has surrounded herself with children's literature, sharing it with her sons when they were young, inviting children she taught to step into the world of stories, and teaching children s literature at California State University, Fresno. In addition to spending time with family and friends, she enjoys reading, gardening, and traveling. Joan lives with her husband in California.
has been in love with illustrated books since an early age. A Colorado native, she received her B.A. In art at Scripps College and has traveled extensively in Asia and Europe. She currently lives in Boulder, Colorado, where she enjoys thunderstorms, crunching autumn leaves beneath her feet, and leaving footprints in freshly fallen snow.
About This Title
Interest Level:Grades K - 3
Reading Level:Grades 3 - 4
Asian/Asian American Interest, Conflict resolution, Cultural Diversity, Dreams & Aspirations, Families, Home, Mothers, Overcoming Obstacles, Holidays/Traditions, Optimism/Enthusiasm, Persistence/Grit, Pride