|Lady Hahn and her seven friends|
Author: Heo, Yumi
A seamstress banishes her tools from her sewing box when she hears them boasting, but she discovers that she cannot do her work without them.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.40
Points: .5 Quiz: 151371
Common Core Standards
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 2 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
School Library Journal (03/01/12)
The Hornbook (00/05/12)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 03/01/2012 K-Gr 2—Lady Hahn is a tailor who relies on her seven personified sewing tools—Mrs. Ruler, Newlywed Scissors, Young Bride Needle, Young Bride Red Thread, Old Lady Thimble, and Young Lady Flatiron—to get her work done. One day the tools get into a boasting match, with each one claiming to be the most important. Lady Hahn overhears them and becomes angry since they would all by useless without her hands. Their feelings are hurt and they hide. Without them, Lady Hahn is unable to accomplish anything. After she begs them to return and acknowledges that they are all equally important, harmony is returned. The story, based on a late 19th-century classical Korean essay, is rather pedantic, and even children who are familiar with sewing won't recognize all the tools portrayed. However, the flat storytelling is counteracted by accomplished illustrations. Heo's clear oil and pencil art is appealing, with skillful use of color to balance the compositions and engage viewers. Traditional Koran shapes and patterns are woven throughout each spread without becoming overwhelming or busy. Larger libraries with robust multicultural collections or those serving Korean populations should consider this title, but for most it will be an additional purchase.—Anna Haase Krueger, Antigo Public Library, WI - Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 04/15/2012 According to an author’s note, Heo’s picture book derives from a nineteenth-century classical Korean story. Long ago, “when tigers still smoked pipes,” a seamstress named Lady Hahn had seven friends: Mrs. Ruler, Newlywed Scissors, Young Bride Needle, Young Bride Red Thread, Old Lady Thimble, Young Lady Flatiron, and Little Miss Iron. In turn, each of the seven friends argues their worth: Mrs. Ruler, for example, boasts, “I tell her how long and how wide the silk for her shirts should be. I am the most important.” Finally, Lady Hahn, who has heard the argument, exclaims, “Without my hands, none of you could do your jobs well.” The disgruntled seven flee the sewing box, only for Lady Hahn to realize that it takes all eight of them to “sew happily together.” Heo’s signature oil-and-pencil collages swirl on the page and capture the essence of each of these quirky characters, including Mrs. Ruler’s flat head. A good choice for storytime, this nonpreachy, culturally rich story reminds kids to value one another’s unique strengths and gifts. - Copyright 2012 Booklist.