A Single Shard

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Hardcover, Clarion Books, 2001, ISBN # 0395978270
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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.

About this item

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.

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 more 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.


Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publish Date: Apr 2001
ISBN-13: 9780395978276
ISBN-10: 0395978270
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 152
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.74
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 8.75 x 0.75

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