A Single Shard

A Single Shard

eBook - 2011
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Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.
Publisher: Boston : Sandpiper, [2011], ©2001
ISBN: 9780547350042
Branch Call Number: PZ7.P22115 Si 2011x
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file


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Jul 21, 2018

South Korean (I don't know about North) ceramics are lovely. Why don't the Korean stores around Ottawa sell them? Breakage on shipping is not an acceptable answer.

Lovestoread5 Apr 15, 2018

I enjoyed this story very much about a boys' perseverance, dedication, and loyalty for his master, as well as his doggedness to get the job done despite economic and fierce obstacles in his way.

ArapahoeDonna 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.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW 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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