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!
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!
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.
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.
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.