The Newbery Award winning book A Single Shard is about a boy named Tree-ear, who was orphaned at a young age and taken in by a one legged man named Crane-man. Set in twelfth-century Korea, Tree-ear begins working for a potter named Min, who is known for his master skill and attention to detail. When Tree-ear sets out on a journey to make Min’s work well known, the real adventure begins. A Single Shard is a beautifully crafted story about a young boy with strong moral values and an outstanding work ethic.
Excuse me, it seems you are leaving a trail of rice behind you!
Good deserves good. The rice on the ground is yours if you want to gather it.
If the master would make a vessel he considers worthy of the court's attention, it would be my greatest honor to be allowed to take it to Songdo for him.
Tree-ear has a lot of integrity. One example of this is when Tree-ear sees a farmer whose seeds are falling out of his bag. Rather than stealing the seeds without the farmer ever knowing, Tree-ear tells the farmer or the hole in his bag.
Tree-ear is extremely loyal. One example of this is when he offers to walk to Songdo so that Min may have his work presented to the palace.