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A Single Shard
A Single Shard
Author: Linda Sue Park
Tree-ear is an orphan boy in a 12th-century Korean potters' village. For a long time he is content living with Crane-man under a bridge barely surviving on scraps of food. All that changes when he sees master potter Min making his beautiful pottery. Tree-ear sneaks back to Min's workplace and dreams of creating his own pots someday. When...  more
ISBN-13: 9780440418511
ISBN-10: 0440418518
Publication Date: 2/11/2003
Pages: 192
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
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Publisher: Yearling
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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This was a very good book, I would say that it is for ages 10 to 14. It is a pretty easy read, but very good!
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I picked this up because it was a Newbery award winner, and because I'd rather enjoyed another book by Park, "When my Name was Keoko," which deals with more modern Korean history. This story is also set in Korea, but in the 12th century. It tells of an orphan boy, Tree-Ear, who gradually becomes assistant to a talented potter, and finds himself going on a journey to try to win the potter an Imperial commission. The characters are sensitively drawn and believable, and the small dramas of the tale momentous in feeling. Plus, the reader gets to learn a little bit about Korean pottery, which is very interesting!
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This was a great book. I can see why it won the Newbery award. I am an adult who is reading these books to catch up on all the good literature I missed as a young adult. This book would be good for both readers.
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This is book ahs an interesting twist on it. It was a good book about an orphan in the 12 century. He longs to work in pottery field, but is stuch with a man named Crane -man. They together, live under a brudge eating scraos of food. Will Tree-ear live to be the new pottery man? Read this book to find about the journy that Tree-ear makes to find out.
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Tree-ear is an orphan boy in a twelfth century Korean potters' village. For a long time he is content with Crane-man under a bridge, barely surviving on scrapes of food. All of that changes when Tree-ear sees master potter Min making his beautiful pottery. tree-ear sneaks into Min's workplace and dreams of creating his own pots someday. When accidentally breaks a pit, he must work for the master to pay for the damage. Though the work is long and hard. Tree-ear is eager to learn. Then he is sent to the King's Court to show the master's pottery. Little does Tree-ear know that this difficult and dangerous journey will change his life forever.
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Loved this book. The characters are so real and you get to care about them. It shows that it's not what happens to you that matters at the end, but how you choose to react to what happens to you.

I recommend this excellent book.
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This is a Newbery Award-winning children's novel about a 12th-century Korean potter's village, through the eyes of a homeless orphan who works for a talented potter, and by the end of the story becomes his apprentice. I'm not sure it's really worthy of the highest U.S. literary award for a children's book, but it is well written and presents a story set in a time and place that has seldom been written about.
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I have used this book for my high readers in 4th grade for literature circles. It brings great discussion and students will seek out new knowledge about content using the Internet.

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