Friday, November 16, 2018

Margo's Musings: What is Twig's Fortune?



When we were at the CT Children’s Book Fair we were lucky enough to listen to author Brenna Burns Yu read aloud her picture book, Hazel and Twig: The Birthday Fortune. It's a wonderful story, and my little sister, Margo, and I learned about a Korean first birthday tradition. It sounded like so much fun and we were lucky to get an autographed copy. How special! We couldn’t wait to get home and read it again!


Twig is turning one and her doljabi is right around the corner. Her whole family is excited and curious to see what she'll select. Whatever she picks will tell her fortune. Each item that is placed on the ground represents something different. Will she be a builder? A musician? Or is something else in store for her? Only time will tell, and no one is more excited than Twig’s older sister, Hazel. She really hopes her sister picks yarn, so they can both live long lives. But on Twig’s doljabi she picks something quite unexpected. Will Hazel be able to help tell what it means?  You won’t want to miss this adorable debut picture book. 


Hazel and Twig: The Birthday Fortune by Brenna Burns Yu is such a beautiful and interesting picture book. Margo fell in love with Twig, and she especially enjoyed trying to guess what Twig would select. I hadn’t heard of a doljabi before, and it was cool to learn about a special Korean tradition. The illustrations are soft and appealing with adorable characters. I can't get over all the tiny details!  I'm sure we'll be pulling this book off the shelf many times to read again.


Has anyone else read Hazel and Twig: The Birthday Fortune by Brenna Burns Yu? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Happy reading!
~ F

23 comments:

  1. It sounds a delightful tale! Happy weekend, hugs, Valerie

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  2. Sure sounds like a good one. Never even heard if a doljabi before either.

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    1. Pat- I hadn't either- but I learned a lot. So interesting. :) ~F

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  3. love this book Jess, is this in Amazon ? love the draws!!
    xo

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    1. Gloria- It is on amazon. It is adorable. Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/Hazel-Twig-Birthday-Brenna-Burns/dp/076368970X

      Enjoy!

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  4. Looks and sounds a lovely book, the illustrations are so cute too.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Jan- The illustrations are so pretty and the story is delightful. :) ~F

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  5. Hi to you both ... this sounds quite delightful - while the Doljabi is a custom I've never heard of before ... sounds so interesting - and I look forward to hearing more - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary- I hadn't heard of the custom before either- but I loved learning about it. So interesting! :) ~F

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  6. How fascinating to learn of a new tradition. The book sounds like a heap of fun too.

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    1. EC- I always love learning about new traditions and customs. So important to open our minds and expand our view. :) ~F

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  7. The illustrations are lovely, and it's great to learn about another culture. I'm curious as to what she chooses. Thanks,

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    1. Beverly- Aren't the illustrations fabulous. You will love the item that Twig chooses. Super fun! :) ~F

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  8. Not only what looks like a cute read, I'm always eager to learn about different traditions and customs.

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  9. As you say, first birthday is quite a big deal in Korea. It's almost like planning a wedding!

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    1. The Armchair Squid- I can't believe I hadn't heard about it before and it is SUCH a big deal. Very cool to learn about for sure. :) ~F

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  10. What a beautiful, fun book! Something new for me, about the Korean tradition. Big Hugs!

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    1. MC- It's so fun to learn about new customs. :) ~F

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  11. That sounds very good. I bet my mom would love this.

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