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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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A story about hope. Very inspiring.
  LBraaten | Jun 7, 2015 |
Dave is a potter, an artist, a poet, and a slave. The author describes his process: he mixes the clay until it is just right , throws it, spins it on his potter's wheel, and forms huge, beautiful pottery. He somberly thinks of his family as he works. As a last step, he signs his name, date, and a bit of poetry, sharing his reality and his thoughts as a slave.
  ThisIsNotSophie | Jun 3, 2015 |
To some people it's just dirt but to other's like Dave it's clay, capable of holding basic necessities. Dave, a slave crafted jars and engraved his poetry on them.
  APatricia | May 25, 2015 |
This unique story will catch the attention of young readers who are not familiar with how slaves in the 1800's were also very skilled artists. It can be interesting to students since it gives a different perspective of slavery and crafts. ( )
  Kdd026 | Apr 29, 2015 |
This book could be used during poetry it is also a good book to use when talking about slaves, because it gives the perspective of a real slave through poems he left on his pottery. I think students will enjoy this book because it is different than most books they have read. ( )
  Kate_Schulte078 | Apr 28, 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.

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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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