Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Single Shard

Title:               A Single Shard
Category:       Juvenile
Grade:            5-10
Author:          Linda Sue Park
Illustrator:      N/A
Publisher:       Clarion
Date:               2001
Pages:             152

Orphaned Tree-ear longs to learn the fine Korean art of celadon pottery.  Though he is permitted to haul wood and clay for a master potter, Tree-ear is dismayed to learn that the craft itself is passed strictly from father to son.  All seems lost until a request from the royal palace sends Tree-ear on a journey which may bring him not only the craft he desires, but the family he never had. 

Both characters and the art of the pottery were finely detailed and realistic, and thorough research into Koryo celedon is evident.  Though it started off a touch slow, I liked this story immensely when I had not expected to.  I was sympathetic to Tree-ear and fascinated with the details of the pottery craft. 


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