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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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The illustrations in this book are amazing! The author's note at the end is well though out, concise and powerful, with pictures of actual pots made by Dave.
  cynalibo | Nov 9, 2014 |
Dave was a slave potter in pre-Civil War American south. Enscribed haiki-like poetry on some of his pots, special because slaves were illiterate, not allowed to learn to read.
  lrubin75 | Oct 6, 2014 |
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave veers away from the traditional story lines of slave who escaped unlivable conditions. Instead the readers learn of an amazing individual who braved the harsh conditions of slavery, and created a living for himself. This is a great source to an alternative view of American slavery. The author’s text is thoughtful and inspiring. This story seeks positivity, which is a refreshing approach. Each illustration provides an astonishing tribute to Dave himself. This book would be a meaningful addition to a classroom library; accompanying the themes of American slavery, amazing individuals, black history month, and so forth. This is a great read, informational yet entertaining! ( )
  nfigue1 | Sep 18, 2014 |
Dave was living in South Carolina in the 1800s, he was a potter and a poet. He made amazing works of art which helped him deal with the struggles of slavery. ( )
  acbanis | Aug 14, 2014 |
I wanted more information from this book. The authors notes give the real meat behind the story and i wish this was more interwoven into the story so it would be easier for young readers to access. the art is beautiful though and certainly a worthy read.
  abigail.shafer | Aug 14, 2014 |
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:57:59 -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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