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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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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 |
Despite the fact that little is known about this artist, poet, and slave, the author has written a moving portrait of his life. His story is thought-provoking, and the illustrations are beautifully done. They capture the mood and period of this text very well.

Curricular connections: use to support a unit on African American history, slavery, art and artists ( )
  linnea_simon | Jan 26, 2016 |
My personal response to the book: Okay
Curricular connections: African Americans, slaves and history
  West_Elementary | Jan 19, 2016 |
Gorgeous art style consisting of water color and collage. The biography of a slave that created pottery and b/c known for putting poetry on some of it. The informational section at the end was very helpful since the author and illustrator tried to keep things brief. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 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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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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