Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Sep 7, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages
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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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The layout and illustrations are simply beautiful! - LibraryThing
Good history with beautiful pictures. - LibraryThing
Amazing illustrations - LibraryThing
The pictures are beautifully done. - LibraryThing
The book has wonderful illustrations - LibraryThing
The illustrations are absolutely riveting. - Goodreads

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User Review  - nfigue1 - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - abigail.shafer - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Laban Carrick Hill is the author of more than thirty books, including the 2004 National Book Award Finalist Harlem Stomp!, a book he researched for nearly a decade, and America Dreaming, which examines the legacy of the 1960s. He has taught writing at Columbia University, Baruch College, and St. Michael's College and is currently teaching at the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College in Massachusetts. He is also the cofounder and codirector of the Writers Project of Ghana, based in the US and Ghana.



Bryan Collier began painting at the age of fifteen and earned a B.F.A. with honors from the Pratt Institute in New York. He is the illustrator of over 10 picture books, including Martin's Big Words and Rosa (both Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award winners) and Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope, a New York Times bestseller. Mr. Collier lives in Harlem, where he directs mural programs throughout the city for any child who wants to paint.

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