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A Single Shard

by Linda Sue Park
A broken piece of pottery sets events in motion as an orphan struggles to pay off his debt to a master potter. A Newberry Award Winner! 189 pages, Ages 9-14

Item Number: 1095
Category:Longer Fiction in Contracted Braille

Price: $18.50
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5As a Korean person, I'm quite familiar with the orphan story tradition that exists in Korean culture and literature. When I was a kid, my parents told me they picked me up under a bridge when they wanted to chide me for some mischief. It may sound strange to westerners, but the 'orphan under a bridge' is a familiar archetypal story that's been passed on through generations through oral storytelling, as well as narrative ones. Korea is a country that's been through countless attacks and subjected to rulings by other countries and empires. The possibility that a child could suffer the plight of being an 'orphan under the bridge' strikes a particular chord of fear and pity for the Koreans.

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