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Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave (edition 2010)

by Laban Carrick Hill, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

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Title:Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave
Authors:Laban Carrick Hill
Other authors:Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2010), Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Poetry book, Picture Book
Rating:****
Tags:poetry, slavery, artist, biography, pottery

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Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill

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I liked this story for a few reasons. The first reason that I liked this story was that the illustrations were able to really enhance the story. I thought that most of the story was made through the illustrations. The story was about an artist Dave, but most of the story was about the process of Dave creating pottery. Even though the process was being described in the written text, the illustrations were able to further describe the process. Another thing I liked about the illustrations was that for readers who have not seen a pot being formed, then the illustrations allowed the reader to observe this process. Another thing that I liked about this story was the language was clear throughout the story. The words were simple and easy to read, which allowed the story to flow well. The pace of the story also allowed the story to flow well. The steady pace was kept throughout the story, and each aspect of the pottery process helped to keep the story flowing. Another thing that I liked about the story was the main character Dave. Although Dave never speaks in the story, he still is able to keep a very believable persona. Throughout the story he seems very calm, which fits the pace of the story. As an artist I would accept him to be very calm, especially as a potter. As a potter I would expect him to be calm because with each hand movement he has to make sure he is not rushing, but instead making sure that he keeps his movements slow and precise. Another reason Dave comes off as believable is because of how he signs his pots. Often Dave would put a short poem in his poets to leave a piece of himself behind, and to personalize his pots. I am sure many artists would follow in his footsteps, and would also want to make sure that their artwork is personalized in some nature. Another thing I liked about the story was at the end it had a lot of information, and this really enhanced the story. Because the story is a biography, I think it is important it have information about who the story is about. This allows readers to expand their knowledge about the main character, and get further invested in the story. I believe the big picture of the story is that beautiful things that time. Dave was able to create beautiful artwork, but there was a process that he had to complete, and this process took time. This shows readers that wonderful works of art cannot be completed easily, but instead take time and lots of effort. ( )
  kmetca1 | Apr 12, 2015 |
I really enjoyed reading this biography. The main message of this story is to retell the life of the important American artist named Dave. I enjoyed this book for several reasons. First, I thought the illustrations were outstanding. The pictures took up the entire page which allowed the reader to see details such as the steps Dave took to pinch and mold the clay. I also loved how the writer chose to write the story. I had no idea it was a biography until the very end. Some biography's go date by date and can be a tad boring. This book was more of a narrative and very enjoyable. Lastly, I enjoyed the poems provided in the back of the book. The author included poems written by Dave himself over the years. I thought this was a great way to get to know the artist even more. ( )
  bmalon6 | Mar 22, 2015 |
This is a great historical fiction novel to use to teach children about slavery, and the life of a slave who lived in the 1800s. It also shows a different side to slaves, skilled slaved, as most slaves were unskilled laborers working in the fields, never given the opportunity to learn skilled jobs, where as Dave is a very skilled potter.
  MindyTran | Mar 19, 2015 |
This is a fictional book based on an actual African American potter during the time of slavery.
  adriennelaine | Mar 11, 2015 |
The story was about a slave who became a potter. He perfected his craft, even though he faced slavery and poverty. The book would be a great way to teach a classroom about pottery and then have an interactive pottery project, where they could write words in the pottery that had a special meaning to themselves.
  kamijake | Mar 11, 2015 |
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This book tells the story of Dave's life work; he was an artistic who made potter and wrote poetry in the 19th century.  His pottery represents Dave's perseverance through the struggle of slavery.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 031610731X, Hardcover)

To us
it is just dirt,
the ground we walk on...
But to Dave
it was clay,
the plain and basic stuff
upon which he formed a life
as a slave nearly 200 years ago.


Dave was an extraordinary artist, poet, and potter living in South Carolina in the 1800s. He combined his superb artistry with deeply observant poetry, carved onto his pots, transcending the limitations he faced as a slave. In this inspiring and lyrical portrayal, National Book Award nominee Laban Carrick Hill's elegantly simple text and award-winning artist Bryan Collier's resplendent, earth-toned illustrations tell Dave's story, a story rich in history, hope, and long-lasting beauty.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:57:59 -0400)

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Chronicles the life of Dave, a nineteenth-century slave who went on to become an influential poet, artist, and potter.

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