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A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
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Feb 16, 2012

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bookshelves: asian-literature

This book received the Newbery Award in 2002. Set in Korea during the 12th century, it follows Tree-ear as he apprentices himself to a master potter. The cultural history of this book is very interesting. The master potter makes beautiful celadon pottery, which is renowned throughout Korea and China. However, while the technical details are interesting, I can't imagine that they would be very captivating to a child. The themes of honesty, perseverance, and the power of art are universal, but I just didn't find the story very compelling.

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