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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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  madelire | Dec 4, 2016 |
Liked the book, I listen to it on audibles and I would have had someone else present the book. The book could be used in an art classroom when learning about pottery. The teacher could read the book and then make pottery or talk about the aspects of pottery. ( )
  skeltonmorgan | Nov 27, 2016 |
Dave the Potter has beautiful illustrations and is written in a lyrical form that is easy to read. The description of the metamorphosis of a pot that Dave threw in his potting career is a beautiful representation of hard work, dedication, and artistry.
  cgjohn3570 | Nov 21, 2016 |
"Dave the Potter" is a Caldecott award winning picture book. It tells the story about the artist, poet, and potter named Dave who lived in South Carolina during the 1800s. When he was a slave during this time period, these passions of his kept him going in life. In the book, it shows Dave's process for making pottery and showing how important it was to him. Throughout his hardships, making art was his outlet and his job. The illustrations in this book follow Dave and his routine of making pottery and eventually him signing his work, showing his literacy. The images in this book truly showcase the effort and talent in making pottery. It also shows the expression of freedom that Dave felt when he was making art. This picture book is good to introduce to children to help them figure out what kind of positive outlets they have and to discuss how to persevere through life's hardships. ( )
  goreyes | Sep 1, 2016 |
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The book is about a slave name Dave who has artist abilities. He does all kinds of potteries from pots to other figures. He also had a hand in the underground railroad. He was also literate, which was rare for slaves. The book is about the sadness of slavery and how tragic it was. Dave was a slave, but kept his up and never gave up on his dreams.

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I was sad after reading this book. A man never giving up on his art just to keep him away from the hardship of slavery. He want to escape the thought of how tragic slavery is. He just kept pushing on his craft and never giving up.

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Children should be taught the tragedies of slavery. They should have arts and craft time and create some pottery. Every time they look at their art, they should remember this book. ( )
  chywatt | Jul 25, 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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To us it is just dirt, the ground we walk on.
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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.

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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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