Pathways: Grade 8 A Single Shard Tradebook (hardcover)
Author(s): K/H (Pathways)
Tree-ear has a dream. He has watched the master potter Min take a lump of clay and shape it into a thing of beauty. For Tree-ear, the transformation is a miracle. He wants to perform such a miracle himself someday. But you cannot just walk up to a master potter and ask him to teach you his craft, especially not if you’re an orphan like Tree-ear. First, you must prove that you are worthy of Min’s time and teaching. So he asks the master if he can work with him, without pay, for the privilege of being near such talent. Tree-ear knows that his dream might be far away, but he feels that if he takes the journey one hill, one valley, and one day at a time, he will achieve it.