It is a pretty easy read, but very good! This story is also set in Korea, but in the 12th century.
This novel tells the story of Tree Ear, a young orphan in 12th century Korea. Tree Ear goes to work for the master potter, Min, and he learns the craft of pottery making as he finds new family and a new place in his village.
I have never read a book set in Korea, and I love historical fiction, so this was a wonderful historical fiction reading experience. I enjoyed all the details of life in 12th century Korea, and I thought the author did a good job of making all Tree Ear's experiences accessible to modern kids; many aspects of Tree Ear's feelings and reactions will feel familiar to kids even though his circumstances are very different.
I read this book more as a teacher than as a reader, as I thought it would be a strong example for teaching the genre of historical fiction; the factual notes at the back of the book support this goal, and there is much that could be done with information reading and maps to support the novel.
I also saw many ecological messages in this story, in the way resources were used, the way nothing was wasted, the way the villagers relied on their natural surroundings and therefore lived in better balance with them.
I think Tree Ear's reverence for the punnus vase is a good sybol for this message; he describes its harmony and symmetry, the balance between earth and sky, the way the art form reflects the natural world.
As we all turn to a more green way of living on the earth in our time, I think kids will be interested to learn how most people through history have lived in better balance, and historical fiction this book in particular can help develop this awareness.
The plot and characterization were mechanical and simplistic. You could see the ending a mile away -- sure, it's a kid's book, but I haven't found clunky obviousness to be the norm with high-quality children's fiction.
It felt like the kind of multi-culti book that committees like because they think it will be Good for You, as opposed to it simply being good. I think the prize committee might've been suckered in by the simple prose style.
Pointedly-simple prose is apparently supposed to be some kind of hallmark of deep "Asian" writing. Ah, so spare and graceful! So much is left unsaid!
Nope, it's just dull writing. And no, it's not like Hemingway either, that's a whole other kind of simplicity the good kind. I didn't like Ha Jin's "Waiting" for the same reason. I've found that the Japanese people I've asked similarly don't like reading authors like Kawabata Yasunari in the original e.
Anyhoo Won't be keeping this for the kids. Tory 5 Thu, 26 Jan As kids get on and off my bus I see the books they are carrying with them. The books I see most often have characters who can shoot electricity, characters who have Gods as parents, or characters who can swing a sword and command dragons.
A Single Shard is not one of these books. In fact A Single Shard is the antithesis of these books. Compared to the action books nothing happens in A Single Shard.
The major characters include an orphan and an old, one-legged man who live under a bridge; and a surly potter and his wife.
How can an author get anyone to read a book with this cast? Perhaps if she gave one of them super powers or added magical creatures she would have more luck.
It turns out it is Linda Sue Park who has the super powers. She takes these quiet, unassuming characters and makes us care about them—deeply.
The success of her book hinges on her ability to make me invest my emotions in the hopes and dreams of the orphan boy, Tree-ear. She creates an incredibly sympathetic character in this boy who is living what to us is a nightmare life, and living it with grace and courage.
Using the insight of a true artist Linda Sue Park ignores what modern society would compel us to seek—security—and instead has Tree-Ear seek the creation of beauty. She does this convincingly. As we learn to love the people whom he loves we learn to love him. By the end of the book—a book where seemingly nothing happens—we are ready to quietly go forth with determination to create beauty in our lives.
Related Books of "A Single Shard".Apr 23, · The book a single shard written by Linda sue park was inspirational and good view but i frowned upon the way this message was delivered and in what setting i did not like it. the books overall plot could have been more developed in a more up to time situation/5.
A Single Shard Clarion Books, Ages 9 and up Tree-ear is an orphan boy in a 12th-century Korean potters’ village. For a long time he is content living with Crane . Summary to book report/review on topic "A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park" In the story A Single Shard, Linda Sue Park narrates the story of Tree-ear and his passion of becoming a potter.
Determined of pursuing his dreams in a society where social mobility is impossible, Tree-ear pushed with all perseverance in order to learn the trade of pottery. Start studying A Single Shard- Book Review.
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The story really starts when the master potter Min is introduced to the story when Tree-Ear is caught admiring Min’s pottery and Min thought Tree-Ear was stealing/5.