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!