“Those precious bygone days” – My childhood made me who I am today!
- Book Intro
Doksan-dong in the 1980s was far from being fancy or luxurious, but Euni cherishes the warm memories of her neighborhood—now presented in this picture book. Author Yoo Eunsil focuses on delivering love and warmth to those at the margins of society rather than those in high and fancy places. She revisits her childhood in this book with a loving message about what a child needs in order to grow into a happy adult. In Euni’s neighborhood, there is no clear distinction between the factories where grown-ups work and their homes. It fully embraces the everyday lives of both grownups and children; we see factories operating busily, children playing along the alleyways, and grownups hard at work together. They form a close-knit community and share their everyday lives. Within that community, the grownups raise their children together, and the children grow up happily. The children are looked after by everyone, and all grownups can be depended on like mothers and fathers. The noise from the factories and the voices big and small filling every corner come together to create beautiful harmony, ensuring that peaceful days continue despite the weariness they feel. Surrounded by all that, children find safety and comfort in their environment.
- About the Author
Yoo Eunsil was born in Sadang-dong, Seoul, in 1974. The year she turned five, her family moved into a small apartment in Doksan-dong, where her father was given a teaching post at Seoul Doksan Elementary School. She lived there until the age of twenty. As his arthritis worsened, Yoo’s father quit his job in 1980, and the following year saw Yoo enroll at Doksan Elementary School. She was able to complete this book thanks to her parents who kept her first social studies exam paper. Her previous publications include the children’s books My Lindgren Teacher, Unscathed Lee Yoojeong, The Last Event, I’ll Be a Picky Eater, and Dream House, as well as the YA novels The Outskirts and Two Meters and Forty-eight Hours.
llustrator Oh Seung Min received the second prize at the NOMA Concours for Children's Picture Book Illustrations with Hide and Seek. Ugly Baby Duck was selected at the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava (BIB) in 2007, and Oh was selected as the illustrator of Korean Pavilion of Bologna Children's Book Fair with The Song of Aggabi in 2009. Oh Seung Min has illustrated creative picture books including A little Leopard, The Snow, Uncle Chanda, The Day Grandfather Came, Mom on a Tiger,A Celandine Bloomed Todayy, No Parking, Island of Sea Lions, Seoul, Plastic Bag Grass, Seokhopil, Train 503, Uncle Kick, Space Hotel, Great Tricycle!, Uncle Age 12. Oh Seung Min has also illustrated five books from the Alien Selmina’s Special Mission series. The illustrator majored in Oriental painting at Sejong University. Oh's bold use of color and composition effectively portray the energy and emotions of young children, and as a result, Oh's illustrations are widely beloved by young readers.
(French) En 2004, elle a remporté le prix Korea Andersen Shadow et la mention honorable dans le Concours international NOMA pour cache-cache. En 2009, elle a été sélectionnée en tant qu’illustratrice pour le pavillon coréen de la Foire internationale du livre de Bologne avec La chanson d’Akkaebi.
2019 Outstanding Picture Book Selected by Korean Board on Books for Young People (KBBY)
2019 Cheongju Reading Fair Exhibition Title