Award winning book- John Newbery Medal
Tree-ear has lived under the bridge in Korea with Crane-man for as long as he can remember. Crane-man has taught him how to live with integrity amidst their poverty. Tree-ear longs to make beautiful pottery and secretly watches Min, a potter in his village, create breath-taking pottery. Then Min discovers his secret admirer and invites him to be his helper. Min is not kind like Crane-man but one can infer why he is so harsh as his past life is revealed throughout the book.
Very well written. Excellent word choice and character development.
Guided Reading Level: U (5th grade)
Strategy: word choice/vocab. expansion
Warning/points to discuss: In ancient Korean history, women committed suicide (jumping off a cliff) instead of surrendering to the invading enemy. Two men attack Tree-ear while he travels. **Spoiler Alert- Crane-man dies.
-I own this book.