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A Single Shard

Linda Sue Park's A Single Shard tells the story of a young homeless orphan boy called "Tree-Ear" in twelfth century Korea. He begins working for a perfectionist potter and eventually becomes his...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2018 10:17 pm UTC

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A Single Shard is set in a small village in Korea in the 12th century. The story centers around Tree-ear, a young orphan who lives under a bridge with an old man named Crane-man. There are, in my...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2016 2:34 am UTC

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Crane-man suffers a tragically unfortunate fate at the hands of sheer happenstance. Crane-man found himself crossing a bridge at the same time as a farmer with his cart. The wood of the bridge...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2019 1:15 am UTC

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In the book A Single Shard, Tree-ear is an orphan. Monks bring Tree-ear to the bridge where Crane-man lives so that Crane-man can care for him until the temple is free of the fever. When a monk...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2018 5:53 pm UTC

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In chapter 6, a royal emissary comes to Ch'ulp'o. Villagers speculate that, because there is rumor of two destinations that the emissary is going to visit (Ch'ulp'o and Kangjin), the royal emissary...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2018 4:03 pm UTC

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The village of Ch'ulp'o is quite different from the city of Puyo, especially from the point of view of the well-meaning but naive Tree-ear. Tree-ear, an orphan, lives under a bridge in Ch'ulp'o....

Latest answer posted January 30, 2019 12:12 am UTC

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In Chapter One, Tree-ear meets a farmer as he rummages among the village's rubbish heaps for scraps of food. The farmer is carrying a wooden-straw container in a jiggeh filled with rice. A jiggeh...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2016 4:26 pm UTC

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Before Tree-ear started working for Min, the other children in Ch'ulp'o avoided him. Since Tree-ear was an orphan, it was considered extremely bad luck to socialize or even to become acquainted...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2016 3:41 pm UTC

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According to Crane-man, the story involves a T'ang Chinese invasion of Puyo, the capital of Paekche (one of the three kingdoms of ancient Korea). At the time, most of the king's army at Paekche had...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2016 3:02 pm UTC

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Tree-ear and Crane-man have spent the better part of ten years living under a bridge. They are both very poor and have nowhere else to live. Without money, the young orphan and his protector are...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2018 9:03 am UTC

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Tree-ear is attacked by the robbers when he reaches the city Puyo. Thinking the boy's basket may contain food, the robbers take it from him. Angry and disappointed, they smash the expensive...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2016 8:01 am UTC

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One way that this tale connects with contemporary reality is through its emphasis on the importance of creativity. While the senior potter has achieved mastery of his art, he has also gotten stuck...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2019 6:35 am UTC

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Life was hard for most people in the society depicted in A Single Shard but especially for young orphans like Tree-ear. In the absence of any kind of social safety net, unless orphans could find...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2020 11:14 am UTC

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The wording of this question implies that the answer is subjective, and indeed, it is never explicitly stated why Min laughs in this particular moment. We can, however, make a pretty good guess....

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019 5:43 pm UTC

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The Newbery Medal-winning novel A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park is a young adult historical novel that features the famous and highly prized Celadon (greenware) pottery of Korea’s Goryeo Dynasty...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2019 3:32 am UTC

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Min's wife is a very nice lady who treats Tree-ear with great kindness. She provides him with a midday meal each day, something he isn't used to. For most of his short life, Tree-ear has had to...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2019 7:14 am UTC

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Many of the characters in A Single Shard are portrayed as good people, and they treat Tree-Ear, the protagonist, well or indifferently. Only the robbers who attack Tree-Ear are total,...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2020 2:45 am UTC

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Tree-ear closely watches Min at work. As part of the process of making pottery, Min needs to drain the clay. This is because water needs to be mixed in with the clay and then poured through a sieve...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2018 8:42 am UTC

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For quite some time, the orphan boy Tree-ear has been watching the master potter Min go about his business. It's fair to say that the young waif is mightily impressed by what he sees. It's patently...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2020 12:16 pm UTC

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A Single Shard was written by Linda Sue Park. It won the 2002 Newbery Medal for its incredible contribution to children’s literature. Park is a Korean American who wanted to write novels that...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2019 11:36 pm UTC

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While it is true that Tree-Ear takes some of his most profound and affirming tutelage from Min, it can also be said that he would have never found the discipline and strength of will to live up to...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019 9:42 pm UTC

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For me, the most interesting aspect of the work is actually the background. I have not studied medieval Korean culture, and thus the cultural setting is exotic to me. I'm especially interested in...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2015 9:34 am UTC

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In the novel, villagers like Tree Ear believe that Min's work is the finest in the region and possibly in all of 12th century Korea. As a master potter in the village of Ch'ulp'o, Min produces...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2016 9:16 pm UTC

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Tree-ear learns that Min used to be a very successful potter back in the day. Indeed, he was one of the most successful potters in the whole of Chul'p'o, the village where he lives and works. But...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019 11:14 am UTC

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Tree-ear is able to bring his protector, the old vagrant Crane-man, half of the meals prepared for him by Min's wife. Tree-ear has got himself into a routine whereby he wakes up early in the...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2021 11:51 am UTC

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The old master potter Min is something of a perfectionist. Indeed, this is what makes him by far the finest potter around. It doesn't matter what he makes or for whom, he always puts just that...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2020 8:50 am UTC

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A Single Shard

Written by Korean-American author Linda Sue Park in 2001, A Single Shard tells the story of young orphan Tree-ear who lives in 12th century Korea. Although Tree-ear does not know how old he is...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2019 2:53 pm UTC

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