Will she be an artist? A cook? A writer? Sara Mee is turning one, and her family and friends gather for her tol, or first-birthday celebration. Food and presents abound, but most exciting of all is the traditional Korean prophecy game, called the toljabee, which predicts what Sara Mee will be when she grows up.
Sara Mee's big brother, Chong, is excited to be involved, especially when he's told he can present the pieces of the game to his sister: symbols that represent the different careers she might pursue as an adult. And when she chooses the paintbrush, he's thrilled, and gives her paper and crayons to start drawing pictures... while he writes the story that goes along with them. Full of fun details about Korean birthday celebrations, this book celebrates siblings, community, and the blending of traditions.
"Sara Mee is about to mark her first birthday — a very special day in her Korean-American family. After she is dressed in the colorful silk hanbok her grandmother made for the occasion, family and friends gather to celebrate with food and presents. The highlight comes when they play the game toljabee, which predicts what Sara Mee will be when she grows up. The story is told by her older brother, Chong, who anxiously awaits the game. He is excited when he is allowed to participate by presenting the game pieces to his sister." — School Library Journal
|Recommended Age||5 - 8|
|Author||Kate Aver Avraham|
|Illustrator||Anne Sibley O'Brien|
|Publication Date||Feb 1, 2010|
|Publisher||Charlesbridge Pub Inc|