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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 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 |
This book is great for an older classroom. I thought the use of color/illustrations were great. The storyline was a great reminder of what slaves went through and a look into Dave's life. This book would be considered an informational on his creation of pottery and art lessons. ( )
  lindsayeubanks | May 31, 2016 |
I love that, even though this is an informational book, it is written in beautiful poetry. The story shows how Dave creates his clay masterpieces and, along the way, gives tidbits of information about Dave's life. The book has gorgeous illustrations that work well with the poetic text.

INFORMATIONAL: The purpose of this book is to show the reader how Dave creates his pottery and give the reader a small picture of who Dave is. All of the information is true and well-researched, making this a good informational book.
USE: This would be a fantastic book to incorporate alongside an art lesson in pottery. This book could also be used to talk about slavery, since Dave was a slave. The book could be used to discuss how Dave's life was similar or different to that of other slave workers.
MEDIA: Watercolor and collage
  cmcmahon14 | Apr 13, 2016 |
Did not enjoy this book for ages 5-10, it would be somewhat confusing to them trying decipher things throughout the book. But the illustrations in this book was amazing. ( )
  Whitney24 | Apr 5, 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.

(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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