In this Newbery Medal-winning book set in 12th century Korea, Tree-ear, a 13-year-old orphan, lives under a bridge in Châ€™ulpâ€™o, a potters' village famed for delicate celadon ware. He has become fascinated with the potterâ€™s craft; he wants nothing more than to watch master potter Min at work, and he dreams of making a pot of his own someday. When Min takes Tree-ear on as his helper, Tree-ear is elated â€” until he finds obstacles in his path: the backbreaking labor of digging and hauling clay, Minâ€™s irascible temper, and his own ignorance. But Tree-ear is determined to prove himself â€” even if it means taking a long, solitary journey on foot to present Minâ€™s work in the hope of a royal commission . . . even if it means arriving at the royal court with nothing to show but a single celadon shard.