Jane Bahk (Author)
Felicia Hoshino (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 01/15/2015
Themes: Korean American children, friendship, imagination
Age: 5-9 years old
Pages: 32 pages
Juna and her best friend, Hector, have many adventures together, and they love to collect things in empty kimchi jars. Then one day, Hector unexpectedly moves away without having a chance to say good-bye. Juna is heartbroken and left to wonder who will on go on adventures with her. Determined to find Hector, Juna turns to her special kimchi jar for help each night. She plunges into the depths of the ocean, swings on vines through the jungle, and flies through the night sky in search of her friend. What Juna finds is that adventure--and new friends--can be found in the most unexpected places. Coupled with dreamy watercolor illustrations by Felicia Hoshino, Juna's Jar is a heartwarming and whimsical tale about the power of the imagination.
About the Author
"Jane Bahk is a former school teacher and an Emmy-award winning television writer/producer. She graduated from Stanford University with a BA in American Studies (with a specialization in Race and Ethnicity). Bahk was inspired to write Juna’s Jar by her own fond memories of playing with empty kimchi jars. And like Juna, she’s always up for a good adventure, especially ones that involve her kids and their jars. Bahk lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family."
About the Illustrator
"Felicia Hoshino was born in San Francisco, California where she continues to live with her family. As a student at CCSF, she enrolled in as many art classes as she could find, from figure drawing and ceramics to illustration and graphic design. Upon deciding to make art her career, she continued her education at California College of the Arts, where she earned a BFA in Illustration. Felicia’s prize-winning illustrations can now be seen in children’s magazines Cricket, Spider and Ladybug and in children’s books such as Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin, the Jane Addams Peace Award winning A Place Where Sunflowers Grow, and My Dog Teny, all accepted into the Society of Illustrator’s The Original Art exhibitions. Her most recent book, Sora and the Cloud is published by Immedium and due out in November 2011.
In addition to creating mixed-media images for children’s books and magazines, she enjoys illustrating children’s portraiture, cooking with her husband and decorating the walls at home with art created by her son and daughter."