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" Intrigues, danger and the same strong focus on doing what is right turn a simple story into a compelling read. . . Tree-ear's story conveys a time and place far away and long ago, but with a simplicity and immediacy that is both graceful and unpretentious. A timeless jewel." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers
Like Park's Seesaw Girl and the Kite Fighters, this book not only gives readers insight an unfamilar time and place, but it is also a great story.
School Library Journal, Starred
This quiet, but involving story draws readers into a very different time and place. Though the society has its own conventions, the hearts and minds and stomachs of the characters are not so far removed from those of people today. Readers will feel the hunger and cold that Tree-ear experiences, as well as his shame, fear, gratitude, and love. A well-crafted novel with an unusual setting.
Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
Park's story is alive with fascinating information about life and art in ancient Korea.
Horn Book Guide
A broken piece of pottery sets events in motion as an orphan struggles to pay off his debt to a master potter. This finely crafted novel brings 12th-century Korea and these indelible characters to life.
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About the Author
- Publisher : Clarion Books; Reprint edition (January 10, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0547534264
- ISBN-13 : 978-0547534268
- Reading age : 9 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 920L
- Grade level : 4 - 7
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 0.25 x 5 x 7.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #24,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1. It's an interesting twist on a very old theme (the bildungsroman)
2. It has a lot of topics for further discussion
a. The history of Korea (multiple invasions, provincialism, and such);
b. A lot of good sayings to analyze and for further discussion ("Scholars read the great words of the world. But you and I must learn to read the world itself.")
c. Some good words to help build a youngster's vocabulary (spoor, celadon, lugubrious, kiln, slip)
d. Morals about life (What lesson could a child draw from Tree-ear's bad experience with the thieves and then his later good experience with the commisioner? What could a child learn about the *way* that Tree-ear went about learning the craft of pottery? What about the way that he was aware of his surroundings?)
e. Introduction of the concept of "intellectual property."
3. There is a good afterword that explains the historical context of the book (that may have been more for adults, but it was only a couple of pages long and so it wouldn't kill a reasonably intelligent child to try to read it).
4. The characterizations/ character development are very good. They are good at a level that both children AND adults can understand.
The whole book only takes about 3 hours to read (I read the whole thing in one afternoon at work while being forced to hold office hours) and the writing is so interesting that it's hard to put down.
Verdict: Worth the time. Worth the Kindle purchase price. Highly recommended.
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“Two things a man never grows tired of watching,” he heard Crane-man say in his mind. “Fire and falling water. Always the same, yet always changing.”