I just finished reading this book, A Single Shard, and found it touching and beautiful. I was intereseted in viewing the Thousand Cranes Vase and came across your blog. I too homeschooled my children, my three sons and one is now ready to head off to college to pursue a degree in Film. I love watching his creativity and excitedly await his next film creation. THnak you for your blog and for your love of children’s literature. KEep up the wonderful posts.
Thank you for posting the picture of the thousand cranes vase. I teach 5th grade and am working my way through the Newbery Award winners. I just finished “A Single Shard” and LOVE the book. I want to read it to my class next.
Loved the book, and so enjoy this beautiful picture! We selected A Single Shard for our 5th grade book club, and will be discussing it tomorrow night. This photo will grace our table. Thanks for posting, TH
It is always an honor for me to read one of Linda Sue Park’s books to my children. I am the mom of seven and reminisce back to the first times reading The Single Shard. I just finished it with my youngest three children. It strikes me so differently each time and this time I was so grief stricken at the passing of Crane-man. Both of my shoulders are wet with tears from my little ones.
Isn’t it lovely how moved we can be by the written word? I feel so blessed to have shared the memory of discovering a new land, a dear relationship, and the hope enjoyed by such a delightful young boy, Tree -ear.
Thank you for posting a picture of the thousand cranes vase! I just finished reading The Single Shard and was trying to find a picture when I came across your blog.
I began working night shift at the hospital earlier this year and was beside myself with what to do to fill my nights off since everyone else is asleep. There’s only so much cleaning that can be done without waking everyone up and way too much trash on TV to watch for hours on end! That’s when my husband came up with the idea for me to read through the Newbery Award/Honor list. I’ve been borrowing the books from our local libraries (we have an excellent county library system), and The Single Shard marks #100 that I’ve finished on the Newbery list so far. I am so glad to have found your blog– Now I have more ideas of what to read when I finish the list (which will still take some time!).
For me, Children’s and Young Adult literature is so much more enjoyable than most adult literature! I’ve enjoyed looking through your recent posts and adding book titles to my ever-growing list!
Wow, Lauren! Congrats on #100 :) That is something I would enjoy working towards as well. I’m finding it difficult to keep up with the fiction reading I’d like to do for Orange Marmalade, because I’m reading for a book club and a lit class I lead…and there goes the time! So I look down the list of titles, and sigh…and think, “Someday!” I agree with you — there are so many enjoyable titles out there. Thanks for writing.
I just finished the book and LOVED IT!!! :) it was outstanding I enjoyed the inference clues that maybe Tree-ear was the creator of the thousand cranes vase. I looked it up, wanting to see the inlay work and saw this blog. Keep up the good work, Linda Sue Park!
Knowing my interest and teaching and making pottery my daughter suggested A Single Shard. It was all the more interesting because my husband and I are housing a Korean foreign exchange student this year. I am encouraging the librarian at the high school in which I teach to get this book on her shelves. Thank you so much for the story and the history lesson.
I’m a 64 year old retired special ed. aide and I have also just finished reading A Single Shard. I love the book and I love the picture of the vase. Reading helped me get through a rough childhood and many issues as an adult. I read books from most genres but I’m very fond of Dickens & Twain. I also love history and historical fiction. I started reading Newberry books out loud to the special ed. students I worked with. Even at my age, the Newberry winners are a favorite. Thank you for sharing the picture of the vase and for your wonderful website.
Lovely to hear from you, Dianne. I just re-read A Single Shard with a student I am tutoring and loved it all over again. You are right, the Newbery winners, and so many other great juvenile novels, are superb at any age. I love that reading has been a light in the dark for you, as it has for me and so many others. May you find more wonderful stories in 2015!