A Single Shard

A Single Shard

Downloadable Audiobook - 2007
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Foraging in fields and on rubbish heaps, and sharing the 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 the 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 dreams of making a pot of his own someday. His quest leads him down unexpected paths, with hazards and rewards beyond imagining.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Listening Library, 2007.
ISBN: 9780739359938
0739359932
Additional Contributors: Malcolm, Graeme
Summary: Foraging in fields and on rubbish heaps, and sharing the 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 the 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 dreams of making a pot of his own someday. His quest leads him down unexpected paths, with hazards and rewards beyond imagining.

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NicoYM Apr 22, 2015

A couple of comments on here really sum it up, what a lovely story, yes like a fable. I am an adult, but enjoy YA stories, and this was definitely poignant. I think it is probably suitable for kids 11 and up, depending on maturity level and reading comprehension. Although I listened to the audio format. I chose this originally looking for something Graeme Malcolm narrated, because his voice is excellent in my opinion. Great story, great narration, recommend.

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SuzeParker
Oct 20, 2012

This short, sweet book works on so many levels. It reads like a fable, with meaningful lessons to teach about loyalty, hope, belonging and perseverance. I wish I'd discovered it when my children were younger. Its story line and accompanying lessons would have made it the perfect book to read to them, yet it's just as enthralling, on a deeper plane, for adults.

lakevilla_IDOL Oct 18, 2012

This book is about a teenage boy who is homeless and lives under a bridge in Korea. He wants to learn how to make potery. He meets this old man and he starts to teach him. This book is very happy and sad at the same time. I think older kids would have an easier time reading this.

samdog123 Aug 11, 2009

A young orphan boy lives with a disabled elderly man. They help each other survive by sharing food, clothing and living arrangements. The boy becomes an apprentice to a master potter and their lives change for the better and the boy finds that he wishes to become a potter himself. A lovely cd to listen to and a very poignant story.

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