2. Linda Sue Park Born in Urbana, Illinois 1960(outside of
Chicago) Daughter of Korean immigrants First published in a
children's magazine at age 9 when she wrote the following haiku: In
the green forest A sparkling, bright blue pond hides. And animals
drink. (Trailblazer magazine, Winter 1969) 3. Career and Personal
- Public-relations writer for a major oil company
- Worked for an advertising agency in Dublin, Ireland
- While there she met a "handsome Irishman who swept her off her
- Teacher of English as a Second Language to college
- She eventually realized she that she really wanted to write
books for children and in 1997 began writing her first book, Seesaw
Girl.It was published in 1999.
- "Today she lives in upstate New York with the Irishman, their
two children, and a dog."
4. Other books written by Linda Sue Park include.. Novels and
Picture books. Seesaw Girl was her first book; published in
1999.Kite-making, kite-flying, and competition cause sibling
rivalry. In 17 thcentury Korea young girls are not allowed outside
their homes. Jade Blossom continuously looks for ways to change
that. Under Japanese rule Koreans were forced to change names. A 7
thgrade project causesconflict for a Korean girl. A catchy rhyming
book about a Korean recipe, astaple of Korean family life.(Includes
recipe) Sounds people make from around the world to express things
of distaste, laughter, & surprise. A rabbit explores a garden
of colors before going home to nap and dream about rainbows. Set in
18 thcentury Koreaa young boy must carry out his injured fathers
responsibility to light the signal fire thatwarns the king of
danger. Household animals use onomatopoeic words to tell readers
what they say.Diverse languages from around the world are used and
labeled. 5. www.lindasuepark.com
- Reading and writing philosophy
- Mrs. Parks borrows ideas from other writers and adapts them to
suit her own style.
- Writing 2 pages every day
- Character, Quest (external & internal), complications &
choices, climax, conclusion, and change
6. BOOK CRITIQUING Linda Sue Parks advice
- Is the story interesting?
- Do the scenes develop toward a solution and do they
- Does he/she have a clearly defined problem?
- Are the characters believable?
- Do they have flaws or are they too perfect?
- Do you care about the characters and do you cheer them on?
- Is the writing invisible or are the techniques evident?
- When youve finished the book do you say, This is one of the
best books I have ever read?
- Do you want to tell someone about the book?
- Cover Illustrator:RICK LIEDER
- Rick initially studied and worked in the sciences; it was not
until the early eighties that he began to express his individual
vision as an artist in a variety of media, including photography,
painting, sculpture, and beginning in 1986 through the relatively
new medium of the computer.
- His fine art has been exhibited in a variety of galleries in
Michigan and Canada, and the State of Michigan's Art in Public
Places program purchased eleven of his photographs for permanent
installation in Lansing.
- Rick has worked for agencies and
- publishers coast-to-coast. His art
- has appeared on book and magazine
- covers for publishers such as Bantam
- Doubleday Dell, HarperCollins,
- Berkley Books, Penguin Publishing,
- and Simon & Shuster, including
- ( www.dreampool.com &www.whc2000.org )
8. www.dreampool.com ] 9. AWARDS FOR A SINGLE SHARD
- 2002 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
- 2002 ALA Notable Book for Children
- 2001 Booklist Editor's Choice
- 2001 Capitol Choices Selection
- 2001 School Library Journal, Best Books of the Year
- 2001 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and
- 2004 Sequoyah Book Award (OK)
- Cooperative Children's Book Center
- Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2001 (starred review)
- Publishers Weekly, March 5, 2001 (starred review) (
- ALA Booklist, April 2001 (starred review)
- School Library Journal, (May 2001) (starred review)
- Reviewer: Timothy Haugh(New York, NY United States)
- A short time ago I wrote about how I find the Booker Prize to
be one of the few awards that consistently recognizes truly
excellent books. The other award that I think does as well is the
Newbery Medal. As always, there is varying quality even among the
winners of this award but I found this book to be one of the best
of the best.
- First of all, I always appreciate books that take me to places
I've never been. Certainly, this story of twelfth century Korea
does that. Additionally, it describes various processes of
pottery-making, something else with which I was not very
- Most importantly, however, this is a story filled with
- This is a beautiful story which is well worth reading--and that
includes any "adults" who might be reading this. Remember, if you
can't read a "children's book" and enjoy it, then your child should
probably not be reading it either.
- Park's writing incorporates terms and techniques of ceramics:
The potters dig and prepare clay, throw and mold pots, fire vessels
in a wood-burning kiln. And then there are the glazes - especially
Korea's famous celadon. Even the color itself is illusive, "for
although it was green, shades of blue and gray and violet whispered
beneath it, as in the sea on a cloudy day."
13. A SINGLE SHARD BY Linda Sue Park 14.
- Tree-ear was so called after the mushroom that grew in wrinkled
half-circles on dead or fallen tree trunks, emerging from the
rotten wood without benefit of parent seed.A good name for an
orphan, Crane-man said.If ever Tree-ear had had another name, he no
longer remembered it, nor the family that might have named him so.
- woodear mushroom = black fungus= tree ear mushroom
- Chinese markets carry fresh or dried pieces of this tree
mushroom. You're supposed to soak or simmer the dried chips until
they soften, and then rinse them carefully to remove any dirt.
They're not very flavorful, but they have an interesting texture
and are believed to have medicinal benefits.
- It spends such a long time in devotion standing on
- one leg that its legs have become quite thick.
- Although a fairly common bird, people considered
- white cranes as holy and spiritual.
- An old Korean legend views cranes as
- symbols of nobility, serenity and peace.
- When they saw my leg at birth, it was thought I
- would not survive. Then as I went through life on
- one leg, it was said that I was like a crane.But
- besides standing on one leg, cranes are also a symbol
- of long life.Crane-man had outlived all his
- family and, unable to work, had been forced
- to sell his possessions one by one, including,
- at last, the roof over his head.Thus it was
- he had come to live under the bridge.
Crane-man 16. Celedonwww.lindasuepark.com 17. The Rock of the
Falling Flowers The Kum River called the Paengmagang River where it
loops around the city of Puyo. The cliff as seen from the river
(above), and one of the pavilions in the park at the top of the
bluff.www.lindasuepark.com 18. Themes
19. KOREA Approximate area Where Tree-ear lived Approximate area
Tree-ear went totake Mins potteryto the King. The journey would
have taken at least 3 days