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Got a chance to read this book again It went from four star to five stars I had forgotten how speical this book was.Summary This is tough story to summarizes because I don t want to give the plot away Bascially it is the story of an orphan boy Tree ear and his dream of making pottery Review The book is one of those warm fuzzy books that makes you feel life is beautiful Similar in affect to Baby Be Bop, Groover s Heart, and Shiloh The story takes place in ancient Korean and is filled with Asian philosophy of honor and duty The book also had some excellent descriptions in it The best way to describe the book is to let it speak for itself work gives a man dignity, stealing takes it away Soon the winter rode on the back of the wind but the curt words swept over Tree ear like cool rain over a patched field But you must not tell your body It must think one hill, one valley, one day at a time In that way your spirit will not grow weary before you have even begun The characters are richly drawn They are also true to life in that not much is said but, much is understood A quiet but, beautiful book.PS The end notes were very intresting and enriched the story An example Park explains the fear of the fox is akin to Westerns fear of bats. Set in 12th century Korea, this book offers a glimpse into an ancient and ritualized society through the memorable and touching story of a young orphan boy and his foster father, an elderly hermit.Detailed and charming, the story is effective on several levels.Although certainly simple enough for the young readers who are it s intended audience, it has a universal message speaking to the innate desire in every person for a sense of belonging.All ages will also find a fascinating and remarkably revealing detailed portrait of the culture of that time and place.Despite the formality of their behavior, we are able to see deeply into the thoughts and feelings of these characters and to move with them on their emotional journey.The central theme of self discovery is tightly woven with the powerful theme of finding a family that one belongs to, despite social norms that would otherwise present a barrier.Another marvelous recommendation and gift from my excellent friend and fellow avid reader, Steve Thank you for all the lovely gifts of literature that you constantly share. 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 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 I don t understand how this won a Newbery award The plot and characterization were mechanical and simplistic You could see the ending a mile away sure, it s a kid s book, but I haven t found clunky obviousness to be the norm with high quality children s fiction It felt like the kind of multi culti book that committees like because they think it will be Good for You, as opposed to it simply being good I think the prize committee might ve been suckered in by the simple prose style Pointedly simple prose is apparently supposed to be some kind of hallmark of deep Asian writing Ah, so spare and graceful So much is left unsaid Nope, it s just dull writing And no, it s not like Hemingway either, that s a whole other kind of simplicity the good kind I didn t like Ha Jin s Waiting for the same reason I ve found that the Japanese people I ve asked similarly don t like reading authors like Kawabata Yasunari in the original e.g., Sound of the Mountain It s too mannered self consciously Oriental mystical bang the goooooooooonnnng Anyhoo Won t be keeping this for the kids Next Beautiful story Beautiful book. , 147 , I read the story not having a clue what to expect and would not have read it probably if I did not have a challenge that I was using it for But it turned out for me to be such a beautiful, lyrical prose The setting is the 12th century Korea and the main character is Three ear Such a fun name.I have always enjoyed various cultures and I even taught multicultural literature to 12th graders I believe it expands our horizons and I learn so much about other cultures instead of focusing on my own little microcosmic world That holds true for this book too There were certain aspects of this book that if I had read a blurb about it, I might not have wanted to read it For example, there is a potter s wife and there is quite a bit about pottery and the creating of it which doesn t sound that interesting to me but it actually was quite interesting One of the treasures of Korea that is talked about in the book is the Thousand Cranes Vase which is an actual vase and it s interesting to look it up online and read about that I d say it s a coming of age story and it s simply a truly beautiful and well written book that has a lot of short, but effective, words of wisdom and I loved it. In 12th century Korea the orphan Tree Ear longs to become a potter and learn the art of creating the much sought exquisite celadon pottery his village is known for His big chance comes when he begins to work for the master potter Min, and a competition for a royal commission This middle grade novel is a beautiful introduction to the Korean culture, as well as to the art of pottery Park gives us a wonderful cast of characters, starting with the main character, Tree Ear, an orphan who wound up in the care of the homeless Crane man, who was crippled from birth and lived under a bridge I love their relationship, how they care for one another, and give to one another so selflessly I also really appreciated the complex relationship of Tree Ear to his mentor Min, and to Min s wife, Ajima The cultural barriers to truly bringing him on as an apprentice were as shocking to Tree Ear as they were to this reader I learned much about celadon pottery, and particularly the uniqueness of the inlay process The Author Notes expand on the culture and the art, and sent me to Google to look up the Thousand Cranes vase The novel was awarded the Newbery Medal for excellence in Children s Literature. What a beautiful book It is far accessible than I had imagined knowing only that it was set in twelfth century Korea and that the main character is called Tree ear But it could be thought of as a coming of age novel, as it tells a timeless story about taking a journey The writing is lyrical in places, which brings the art and nature in this story alive I feel like I can picture the Thousand Cranes Vase without ever having seen it The plot is compelling, too The basic outlines of the journey and the related contest might seem predictable, but a flurry of developments at the end of the book caught me by surprise And I love a book where the title conveys so much meaning once you reach a certain point in the book A Single Shard won the Newbery Medal in 2002 I can now see why The book takes you to another time and place, it gives you some unforgettable images, and it engages important themes in a most satisfying fashion. 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 vase really come alive Kids loved it Contender for 12 13 read aloud I think this one s a winner You know, there s so much garbage in the world So many, many bad books And then you might pick up a jewel like this one Not to mention that orphan books are abundantly plentiful these days for some reason and it s a rare find to get one that doesn t focus on the orphan part, really Not only is the writing absolutely superb, but the story, the characters, she did it all I look forward to reading by this author Absolutely fantastic as a multicultural tale, but just plain good for anyone and everyone to read I love the culture of respect and obedience I love the little glimpses of what the potter s wife does all day, the glimpses into old time pottery creation, the glimpses of homelessness that isn t completely desolate when shared with a friend and mentor, hard work and creativity There was quite a lot to this story If it was my book, I would have marked quite a few pages There was a lot of seemingly simple wisdom and, actually, TWO great examples of mentoring that were completely opposite of each other, but both very effective As it was, I did slightly dog ear a few pages so I could remember my favorite lines Really, though, some books are full of one liners, great succinct little thoughts This book offered of a general feel, man can be noble, courageous, teachable, humble, resourceful, amidst hardship and pain Work gives a man dignity, stealing takes it away Crane Man 6 Why was it that pride and foolishness were so often close companions 102 Got a chance to read this book again It went from four star to five stars I had forgotten how speical this book was.Summary This is tough story to summarizes because I don t want to give the plot away Bascially it is the story of an orphan boy Tree ear and his dream of making pottery Review The book is one of those warm fuzzy books that makes you feel life is beautiful Similar in affect to Baby Be Bop, Groover s Heart, and Shiloh The story takes place in ancient Korean and is filled with Asian philosophy of honor and duty The book also had some excellent descriptions in it The best way to describe the book is to let it speak for itself work gives a man dignity, stealing takes it away Soon the winter rode on the back of the wind but the curt words swept over Tree ear like cool rain over a patched field But you must not tell your body It must think one hill, one valley, one day at a time In that way your spirit will not grow weary before you have even begun The characters are richly drawn They are also true to life in that not much is said but, much is understood A quiet but, beautiful book.PS The end notes were very intresting and enriched the story An example Park explains the fear of the fox is akin to Westerns fear of bats. Set in 12th century Korea, this book offers a glimpse into an ancient and ritualized society through the memorable and touching story of a young orphan boy and his foster father, an elderly hermit.Detailed and charming, the story is effective on several levels.Although certainly simple enough for the young readers who are it s intended audience, it has a universal message speaking to the innate desire in every person for a sense of belonging.All ages will also find a fascinating and remarkably revealing detailed portrait of the culture of that time and place.Despite the formality of their behavior, we are able to see deeply into the thoughts and feelings of these characters and to move with them on their emotional journey.The central theme of self discovery is tightly woven with the powerful theme of finding a family that one belongs to, despite social norms that would otherwise present a barrier.Another marvelous recommendation and gift from my excellent friend and fellow avid reader, Steve Thank you for all the lovely gifts of literature that you constantly share. 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 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 I don t understand how this won a Newbery award The plot and characterization were mechanical and simplistic You could see the ending a mile away sure, it s a kid s book, but I haven t found clunky obviousness to be the norm with high quality children s fiction It felt like the kind of multi culti book that committees like because they think it will be Good for You, as opposed to it simply being good I think the prize committee might ve been suckered in by the simple prose style Pointedly simple prose is apparently supposed to be some kind of hallmark of deep Asian writing Ah, so spare and graceful So much is left unsaid Nope, it s just dull writing And no, it s not like Hemingway either, that s a whole other kind of simplicity the good kind I didn t like Ha Jin s Waiting for the same reason I ve found that the Japanese people I ve asked similarly don t like reading authors like Kawabata Yasunari in the original e.g., Sound of the Mountain It s too mannered self consciously Oriental mystical bang the goooooooooonnnng Anyhoo Won t be keeping this for the kids Next Beautiful story Beautiful book. , 147 , I read the story not having a clue what to expect and would not have read it probably if I did not have a challenge that I was using it for But it turned out for me to be such a beautiful, lyrical prose The setting is the 12th century Korea and the main character is Three ear Such a fun name.I have always enjoyed various cultures and I even taught multicultural literature to 12th graders I believe it expands our horizons and I learn so much about other cultures instead of focusing on my own little microcosmic world That holds true for this book too There were certain aspects of this book that if I had read a blurb about it, I might not have wanted to read it For example, there is a potter s wife and there is quite a bit about pottery and the creating of it which doesn t sound that interesting to me but it actually was quite interesting One of the treasures of Korea that is talked about in the book is the Thousand Cranes Vase which is an actual vase and it s interesting to look it up online and read about that I d say it s a coming of age story and it s simply a truly beautiful and well written book that has a lot of short, but effective, words of wisdom and I loved it. In 12th century Korea the orphan Tree Ear longs to become a potter and learn the art of creating the much sought exquisite celadon pottery his village is known for His big chance comes when he begins to work for the master potter Min, and a competition for a royal commission This middle grade novel is a beautiful introduction to the Korean culture, as well as to the art of pottery Park gives us a wonderful cast of characters, starting with the main character, Tree Ear, an orphan who wound up in the care of the homeless Crane man, who was crippled from birth and lived under a bridge I love their relationship, how they care for one another, and give to one another so selflessly I also really appreciated the complex relationship of Tree Ear to his mentor Min, and to Min s wife, Ajima The cultural barriers to truly bringing him on as an apprentice were as shocking to Tree Ear as they were to this reader I learned much about celadon pottery, and particularly the uniqueness of the inlay process The Author Notes expand on the culture and the art, and sent me to Google to look up the Thousand Cranes vase The novel was awarded the Newbery Medal for excellence in Children s Literature. What a beautiful book It is far accessible than I had imagined knowing only that it was set in twelfth century Korea and that the main character is called Tree ear But it could be thought of as a coming of age novel, as it tells a timeless story about taking a journey The writing is lyrical in places, which brings the art and nature in this story alive I feel like I can picture the Thousand Cranes Vase without ever having seen it The plot is compelling, too The basic outlines of the journey and the related contest might seem predictable, but a flurry of developments at the end of the book caught me by surprise And I love a book where the title conveys so much meaning once you reach a certain point in the book A Single Shard won the Newbery Medal in 2002 I can now see why The book takes you to another time and place, it gives you some unforgettable images, and it engages important themes in a most satisfying fashion. 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 vase really come alive Kids loved it Contender for 12 13 read aloud I think this one s a winner You know, there s so much garbage in the world So many, many bad books And then you might pick up a jewel like this one Not to mention that orphan books are abundantly plentiful these days for some reason and it s a rare find to get one that doesn t focus on the orphan part, really Not only is the writing absolutely superb, but the story, the characters, she did it all I look forward to reading by this author Absolutely fantastic as a multicultural tale, but just plain good for anyone and everyone to read I love the culture of respect and obedience I love the little glimpses of what the potter s wife does all day, the glimpses into old time pottery creation, the glimpses of homelessness that isn t completely desolate when shared with a friend and mentor, hard work and creativity There was quite a lot to this story If it was my book, I would have marked quite a few pages There was a lot of seemingly simple wisdom and, actually, TWO great examples of mentoring that were completely opposite of each other, but both very effective As it was, I did slightly dog ear a few pages so I could remember my favorite lines Really, though, some books are full of one liners, great succinct little thoughts This book offered of a general feel, man can be noble, courageous, teachable, humble, resourceful, amidst hardship and pain Work gives a man dignity, stealing takes it away Crane Man 6 Why was it that pride and foolishness were so often close companions 102

  • Paperback
  • 192 pages
  • A Single Shard
  • Linda Sue Park
  • English
  • 15 January 2019
  • 9780440418511

About the Author: Linda Sue Park

Linda Sue Park is a Korean American author of children s fiction Park published her first novel, Seesaw Girl, in 1999 To date, she has written six children s novels and five picture books for younger readers Park s work achieved prominence when she received the prestigious 2002 Newbery Medal for her novel A Single Shard.