A Single Shard

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Dell Yearling, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 152 pages
25 Reviews
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 he accidentally breaks a pot, 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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It is moving, but not sad, and has a very happy ending. - Goodreads
Nope, it's just dull writing. - Goodreads
The story would be very educational for children. - Goodreads
I did, however, like how Parks ending the story. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Ann Carpenter - Goodreads

Another book that I would never have read if it wasn't a Newbery winner, but one that I ended up really enjoying. The story is a quiet one, with only one small section that could be deemed tense. Yet ... Read full review

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User Review  - K. - Goodreads

Just finished with kids today (2.11.13). Made me cry all over again, it is so beautiful. We then looked up the Thousand Cranes Vase and it is astonishing! Reading the book made the artistry of the ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Linda Sue Parkís latest book is When My Name Was Keoko.

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