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Dave the Potter

Artist, Poet, Slave

Hill, Laban Carrick

(Book - 2010)
Dave the Potter
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Chronicles the life of Dave, a nineteenth-century slave who went on to become an influential poet, artist, and potter.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 031610731X
9780316107310
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,23 x 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Collier, Bryan

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Apr 05, 2014
  • muffinpopcorn rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Not bad , kinda interesting

Dec 17, 2012
  • alangone rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Nonfiction picture book biography of the work of Dave the Potter, enslaved artisan know for inscribing his pots; would be unknown if the works had not been found archeologically. Saw one on Antique RoadShow!
Beautifully written, rich poetic language, with type and art work enhancing the book by mimicking the slip and glaze of pottery. well, well done. Biographical notes at back. Nonfiction picture book for many ages. Paired well with Action Jackon by Greenberg and Jordan.

Mar 18, 2012
  • Artful rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Just look at the cover to see why this 2011 Caldecott Honor Book grabs children's attention: the strong and beautiful painting appeals to children's love of getting their own hands in the clay while introducing them to the compelling figure of Dave--an early American artist, poet, and slave. I use the book to help students learn about the full process of ceramics--from digging the clay to the final firing. The end pages tell what is known of Dave's extant pots and the poetry he wrote on some of them. I wish there had been a brief glossary of ceramic terms (I'm not sure children will understand the role of a "pug mill" in the story or in ceramics, for instance)--but that's a small quibble.

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