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12th Century, pottery, Korea,
Set in 12th century Korea, this
is the story of Tree-ear who lives
under a bridge with his disabled
older friend Crane-man. Tree-ear
becomes fascinated with the potter's
craft and longs to create celadon
ceramics. However pottery is a trade
passed on from father to son and
Tree-ear is an orphan. He works long
and hard hoping to become an
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- Author and Book
- Author Connections.
Other books by Linda Sue Park are Seesaw Girl, The
Kite Fighters, & When My Name was Keoko.
- Book Connections
- Book Reviews. Read and critique the following
book reviews. Do you agree of disagree with the
- Quiz. After reading the book, take this
- After Reading Book. Learn more about the
- Other Books with Asian or Korean Characters.
Read related books.
- Discussion Ideas
- Compare the apprentice system to the formal education
- Discuss the ethical issues in the book including
stealing, honor, and honesty. Look for examples in your
- Make a list of of Tree-ear sayings and discuss his
- Compare homelessness today with Tree-ear's time.
- Invite a local pottery to present to the class or
email a potter.
- Try creating your own pot.
- Draw a picture of Tree-ear's home under the
- Use an atlas to trace Tree-ear's trip. How fast can
you walk? How long would it take you to walk? What other
methods of transportation could you use? How much would
- Cool Classroom
- Making Pottery. Explore different types of
pottery. What are the steps in making pottery? Use a
digital camera to create your own step-by-step
- Pottery Examples. Have
you ever seen pottery in the shape of a melon? Check out
an example below. Explore other examples from the time of
- Roof Tiles. Explore tile that may have been
simliar to the tiles the villagers long ago made for the
roof of the Grand Palace in Songdo. Compare this tile to
today's tite. How much would it cost to tile your house
- Korean Art. Korea is known for many types of
artwork, including pottery. Explore a replica of the
Thousand Crane Vase in the story.
- Korean History. Learn more about Ancient
Korean History. Create a timeline and compare Korea to
another part of the world during the same time period. Do
this in a word processor or try Tom Snyder's
- Travel to Korea. Explore the many places you
could visit in Korea. Plan a trip.
- Present and Past Korea. Explore information
about life in present day South Korea. Compare life today
with Tree-ear's time.
- Korean Stories. Read Korea folk and fairy
tales. Compare these tales to your cultural stories.
- Korean Map. Compare the historical map with
the current map of the country. How has it changed? Trace
Tree ear's journey.
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