A bright, cheerful story about children who open up their hearts and achieve happiness and harmony through recorder practices.
- Book Intro
Happened to Sit Next to Each Other
Kids these days have bad personalities?
Check out how Ahn Garin and her friends were able to build exemplary characters!
Who exactly are “kids these days”? Happened to Sit Next to Each Other is a story about kids these days, in which unique characters gather together and create a colorful, entertaining story.
Smart girl Ahn Garin disrespects her classmates; Yuk Hyeonggab is rude; and Garyeong strictly follows the principle of give-and-take. These characters reflect a reality where children these days are spoiled by material affluence and fierce competition. Their selfish, calculating, and impolite behaviors make adults frown. However, in the same way that all children are precious to their parents, these characters are also lovely kids if you look at the whole picture.
Ahn Garin cannot ignore an old lady’s trouble; Yuk Hyeonggab never gives up; and Park Jungi always smiles. When children are put together in one space, frictions, big or small, are inevitable. But as they argue with each other, they begin to pay attention to, and care about, each other. That’s how they become true friends in the end. And this friendship they share gradually eliminates their competitiveness and selfishness. These negative qualities are replaced with a selfless mind that encourages them to look after each other. Learning this by themselves can be one way; but if there is an adult who can help with this character-building process—the teacher in the story—the lives of these children would be much less stressful and happier. Frictions often happen as we live our lives. But children who have learned how to deal with people’s minds will be able to understand others’ feelings and build positive relationships. As we read this book that captures the lives of the delightful children these days, we can feel the love and care for others blossom in our hearts.
- About the Author
(English) I sat with many different classmates throughout my school years. I’m thankful for every one of them because they are the ones who helped me become the amusing storyteller, or, a writer, that I am today. I have written several children’s books including, A Hard Day to Poop; Oduri the Super Idol; and My Name is Eel Minjun; and teen novels, The Dream Chef; Line; My Youth at 370 km/h; and A Bad Relationship, Some.
(Russian) Ли Сон Хён: Работала над сценарими ситкомов, а сейчас пишет детскую и юношескую литературу. Среди работ: “Моя молодость, 370 км/ч” и “Повар мечты”.
(English) I currently work as an illustrator. My works include: I’m Invisible; The Case Note of the Eccentric Detective; What Is Justice for Children?; A Nagging-Free Day; I’m Not Alone Anymore; The Twelve-Year-Old Mona Lisa; Something Strange About the New Kid in School; Lee Musan’s New Life in Seoul; Stomp Stomp; The School Is Alive; Unmatched Socks; and Mrs. Jane Goodall’s Animal Park.