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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 love that, even though this is an informational book, it is written in beautiful poetry. The story shows how Dave creates his clay masterpieces and, along the way, gives tidbits of information about Dave's life. The book has gorgeous illustrations that work well with the poetic text.

INFORMATIONAL: The purpose of this book is to show the reader how Dave creates his pottery and give the reader a small picture of who Dave is. All of the information is true and well-researched, making this a good informational book.
USE: This would be a fantastic book to incorporate alongside an art lesson in pottery. This book could also be used to talk about slavery, since Dave was a slave. The book could be used to discuss how Dave's life was similar or different to that of other slave workers.
MEDIA: Watercolor and collage
  cmcmahon14 | Apr 13, 2016 |
Did not enjoy this book for ages 5-10, it would be somewhat confusing to them trying decipher things throughout the book. But the illustrations in this book was amazing. ( )
  Whitney24 | Apr 5, 2016 |
6. This was a fantastic book in the sense that it celebrated life as a slave in a completely different way than I expected. I know I had some issues with the way slave life was portrayed in A Birthday Cake for George Washington because of how it portrayed life as a slave; mainly how it sensationalized what life was really like for slaves and how it almost glamourized it. This book, on the other hand, felt more authentic because it wasn't fluffed over but gave the true words of a slave doing things that we don't normally see in books doing in literature.
7. This book would be terrific to use during Black History Month with good connections to history and social studies. It would also be a good book to use to with units on poetry or even with the subject of art and pottery or perhaps the connection of the two (art and poetry). ( )
  jmouat | Feb 27, 2016 |
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.
  ccsdss | Feb 8, 2016 |
This picture book is an account of Dave Drake, who was a potter, artist, and poet in the 1800s. With his great skill of artistry and poetry, he was able to transcend his limitation as a slave to being one of the most influential potter in the world. The use of watercolor and collage is amazing in this book to convey the meaning of the text. In addition, the collage has hidden messages while at the same time, the picture of Dave plays an important part of the book though the expression of his eyes, hands, and body of his artistry skill of pottery. This is reflected in the size and shape of his pottery. Also besides pottery, Dave manage to teach slaves to read and write to create poetry, which was forbidden during the time of slavery. In collusion with the afterword, the illustrations and the prose provide a great resource for young learners and readers to learn about slavery and different ways in which African Americans resisted this oppressive system. All in all, very enlightening and great to read about pottery and David Drake. ( )
  jhcao20 | Jan 31, 2016 |
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For Lorrie Smith and Jennifer Hunt, both of whom made this book possible. --L.C.H.
I dedicate this book to all artists, and everyone who loves picture books. Because this story is really about the power of the human spirit, artistry, and truth, and that cannot be silenced by bondage of any kind. --B.C.
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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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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 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:14 -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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