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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
Tags:poetry, slavery, artist, biography, pottery

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



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"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 |
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.

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.

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 |
Dave the Potter by Laban Carick Hill and illustrated by Bryan Collier tells the story of Dave a potter, poet, artist and a man who was enslaved in North Carolina. The beautifully illustrated picture book shows how Dave maintained pride and created beauty in the face of all the challenges of his life. The storybook tells the arduous task of creating pottery during the 1800s. This book would be highly valuable to begin discussions with students about how they persevere in the face of challenges and compare it to other artists who created beauty while enslaved.
  SteveKorin | Jul 25, 2016 |
Dave the Potter is an historical figure and this book brings him to fascinating life. A slave, he was a master potter and a poet, and one of few slaves who left written records.
  Mauria | Jun 5, 2016 |
Dave was an African Slave in the American South in the 1800's. He translated his extreme daily experiences in to art in the form of pottery engraved with poetry. This biography causes the reader to reflect on the horrors of slavery and the current conditions of oppressed people groups. Dave's story also teaches the reader that creating art can carry us through the most impossible circumstances, and that art can be very powerful in influencing social change.
  kquisling | Jun 1, 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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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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