Foraging in fields and on rubbish heaps, and sharing food with his friend Crane-man, used to be enough to fill Tree-ear's days. But now all Tree-ear wants to do is watch master potter Min at work.Ch'ulp'o is a potters' village, famous for delicate celadon ware, and Min is the most brilliant of all potters in Ch'ulp'o. He is also known to be short-tempered. Even so, Tree-ear is drawn irresistibly to Min's workplace. He is fascinated by the miracle of the potter's craft and dream of making a pot of his own someday. His quest leads him down unexpected paths, with hazards and rewards beyond imagining.
This account of a creative spirit on its journey toward fulfillment is set in twelfth-century Korea, where the course of human destiny could be determined by a single celadon shard.
A Single Shard won the 2002 Newbery Medal for most distinguished American children's book.
Newbery Medal Winner, 2002
"British actor [Graeme] Malcolm...proves to be a compelling performer...Listeners will likely be hooked by Tree-ear's perseverance and fascinated by a look into this craftsmen's colony from Korean history." (Publishers Weekly)
"A well-crafted novel with an unusual setting." (Booklist)
"Park's story is alive with fascinating information about life and art in ancient Korea." (Horn Book Guide)
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