A Single Shard

A Single Shard

Book - 2001
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Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.
Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, c2001
ISBN: 9780395978276
0395978270
Branch Call Number: Y Fiction
Characteristics: 152 p. ; 22 cm

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Maria_Wa
Jul 31, 2019

This book was a beautiful look into 12th century Korea, filled with pottery and adventure. While the historical context was a unique and captivating choice, the story itself was uplifting and spirited. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to expand their literary tastes and read a vibrant story that's full of life.

OLATHEAllisonA Jan 03, 2019

Here's a story that's just as beautiful and interesting as the celadon ceramics that feature so prominently in the plot. Park succeeds in bringing the landscape and the people of medieval Korea alive, particularly in how she describes the trade of making and selling ceramics at that time. She makes you care about her characters, and although the main character Tree-Ear is somewhat one-dimensional, his character traits are admirable: he is bold, determined, respectful, kind, and assertive. Park made me feel what Tree-Ear was feeling, so that I was crushed at his disappointments and rejoiced when things went well for him. He is an excellent example for young readers, especially boys, of character when it counts. This one's worth reading!

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Waterlily
Jul 21, 2018

South Korean (I don't know about North) ceramics are lovely. Why don't the Korean stores around Ottawa sell them? Breakage on shipping is not an acceptable answer.

Lovestoread5 Apr 15, 2018

I enjoyed this story very much about a boys' perseverance, dedication, and loyalty for his master, as well as his doggedness to get the job done despite economic and fierce obstacles in his way.

ArapahoeDonna Nov 22, 2016

A beautiful story of a homeless child who overcomes a life of hopelessness by being taught a trade while repaying a debt. He is then given a sacred privilege of showing a beautiful vase to the emperor of Korea. He encounters more difficulty on this part of his life journey and yet he is able to come out on top! A story that will teach children compassion, diligence and perseverance.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

In 12th-century medieval Korea a young orphan boy becomes an assistant to a master potter. In this tale of courage and devotion, the lives of both the boy and his master are profoundly changed by a single shard from a broken celadon pot. This novel draws the reader into a compelling story set in a rarely explored era and setting.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Apr 04, 2015

Lovely story about a boy who becomes a potter's apprentice in medieval Korea. The few characters in the book are well-drawn and memorable, and there's a lot of good messaging here without being too didactic. A nice, fast read.

memetopia Apr 10, 2011

We heard this on audiobook and loved the story and intro to Korean historical life/ pottery. Both my kids, aged 5 and 7 at the time enjoyed it.

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lms May 30, 2008

"In this tale of courage and depression a single shard from a celadon vase changes the life of a young boyand his master. In the 12th century the village of Ch'ulp'o is famous for its pottery. The orphan Tree-ear spends his days foraging for himself and Crane-man, a lame straw weaver who has cared for him for many years." (Novelist Review)

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