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A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
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Mar 30, 12

it was amazing
bookshelves: children-s, class-list, summer-reading
Read in March, 2012

Got a chance to read this book again. It went from four star to five stars. I had forgotten how speical this book was.

Summary: This is tough story to summarizes because I don't want to give the plot away. Bascially it is the story of an orphan boy Tree-ear and his dream of making pottery.

Review: The book is one of those warm fuzzy books that makes you feel life is beautiful. Similar in affect to Baby Be-Bop, Groover's Heart, and Shiloh. The story takes place in ancient Korean and is filled with Asian philosophy of honor and duty. The book also had some excellent descriptions in it. The best way to describe the book is to let it speak for itself.

"...work gives a man dignity, stealing takes it away."

"Soon the winter rode on the back of the wind."

"...but the curt words swept over Tree-ear like cool rain over a patched field."

"But you must not tell your body. It must think one hill, one valley, one day at a time. In that way your spirit will not grow weary before you have even begun."

The characters are richly drawn. They are also true to life in that not much is said but, much is understood. A quiet but, beautiful book.

PS: The end notes were very intresting and enriched the story. An example Park explains the fear of the fox is akin to Westerns fear of bats.
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