A Newberry Medal book that is acceptable! A Korean orphan who lives under a bridge with a kind vagrant, becomes an apprentice to a master potter and is eventually adopted by him when his friend dies. At end of book, excerpts of 2 books by same author - "See Saw Girl" and "The Kite Fighters".
A lot of Korean culture but very little religion beyond description of monks helping people and giving presents on Buddha's birthday.
Boy/girl relationship, Tznius and Negiah
One word mention of King's concubines - no explanation.