April 5, 2012
Linda Sue Park, winner of Newbery Medal
for "A Single Shard" and author of "A Long Walk to Water,"
enchants students with Bee-bim Bop!
Hilton students received a
special author visit this month.
Rochester resident and award-winning author, Linda
Sue Park, visited Hilton Central elementary schools
April 2-5, 2012 to show and read her
beautifully-illustrated children's books.
Among the treats in store for students, she
presented several 'read aloud' books, What Does
Bunny See? and Bee-bim Bop!
followed rhyming clues in the stories and chimed in as she
presented them and then she taught primary students several
Korean children's hand games.
Read more about her literary awards
Hilton Central elementary schools in
Lift Bridge Books in Brockport sponsored the Newbery Medal winning
author [for A
Single Shard]. She is also the author of A Long Walk to Water about Salva Dut,
also a Rochester resident, who founded Water for Sudan. Among her books are Seesaw Girl,
The Kite Fighters, A Long Walk to Water, When My Name Was Keoko, The Firekeeper's Son, and The Third Gift.
Linda Sue Park
Linda Sue Park, born in Illinois, is a
Korean-American author of children's books publishing her
first novel in 1999. In 2002 she received the
Newbery Medal for her novel, A Single Shard.
In 2012 she published A Long Walk To Water about
Rochester resident and Sudanese "Lost Boy," Salva Dut.
SCHEDULE: April 2 -
Northwood Elementary, 433 No. Greece Rd. -
Librarian - 585-392-1000 ext. 4404; April 3-4
- Village Elementary, 100 School La., Hilton -
Librarian - 585-392-1000 ext. 5113; April 5-
Quest Elementary, 225 West Ave., Hilton - Librarian
- 585-392-1000 ext. 6147.
A Single Shard
-- “In this tale of courage and devotion, a single shard
from a celadon
vase changes the life of a young boy and his master. In
12th-century Korea, the village of Ch'ulp'o is famous for
its pottery. The orphan Tree-ear spends his days foraging
for food for himself and Crane-man, a lame straw weaver who
has cared for him for many years. Because of his wanderings,
Tree-ear is familiar with all of the potters in the village,
but he is especially drawn to Min. When he drops a piece Min
has made, Tree-ear begins to work for him to pay off his
debt, but stays on after the debt is paid because he longs
to learn to create beautiful pots himself. Sent to the royal
court to show the king’s emissary some new pottery, Tree-ear
makes a long journey filled with disaster and learns what it
means to have true courage. This quiet story is rich in the
details of life in Korea during this period. In addition it
gives a full picture of the painstaking process needed to
produce celadon pottery. However, what truly stands out are
the characters: the grumpy perfectionist Min; his kind wife;
wise Crane-man; and most
of all, Tree-ear, whose determination and lively
intelligence result in good fortune. Like Park's Seesaw
Girl (1999) and The Kite Fighters (2000, both
Clarion), this book not only gives readers insight into an
unfamiliar time and place, but it is also a great story.” —Barbara
Scotto, School Library Journal, starred review
A Long Walk to Water
is based on the true story of Salva, one of
some 3,800 Sudanese "Lost Boys" airlifted to the United
States beginning in the mid 1990s. Before leaving Africa,
Salva's life is one of harrowing tragedy. Separated from his
family by war and forced to travel on foot through hundreds
of miles of hostile territory, he survives starvation,
animal attacks, and disease, and ultimately leads a group of
about 150 boys to safety in Kenya. Relocated to upstate New
York, Salva resourcefully learns English and continues on to
college. Eventually he returns to his home region in
southern Sudan to establish a foundation that installs
deep-water wells in remote villages in dire need of clean
water. This poignant story of Salva's life is told
side-by-side with the story of Nya, a young girl who lives
today in one of those villages. -
Read More about
Salva Dut and Water for Sudan -