A Single Shard

A Single Shard

eBook - 2001
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Tree-ear, an orphan, lives under a bridge in Ch'ulp'o, a potters' village famed for delicate celadon ware. He has become fascinated with the potter's craft; he wants nothing more than to watch master potter Min at work, and he dreams of making a pot of his own someday. When Min takes Tree-ear on as his helper, Tree-ear is elated - until he finds obstacles in his path: the backbreaking labor of digging and hauling clay, Min's irascible temper, and his own ignorance. But Tree-ear is determined to prove himself - even if it means taking a long, solitary journey on foot to present Min's work in the hope of a royal commission ... even if it means arriving at the royal court with nothing to show but a single celadon shard.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780547350042
Branch Call Number: 813.6 Pa
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)

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AL_DONNA 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.

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marthabwaters
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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