A Single Shard
A Single Shard
A Single Shard
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A Single Shard
Clarion Books, 2001
Ages 9 and up

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.

Winner of the 2002 Newbery Medal
2002 John Newbery Medal    

Watch modern day Mins at work in this beautiful video of Korean potters using traditional techniques.

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