Dave the Potter

Artist, Poet, Slave
Hill, Laban Carrick (Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Dave the Potter

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Chronicles the life of Dave, a nineteenth-century slave, and a potter, who went on to become an influential poet and artist.
Authors: Hill, Laban Carrick
Title: Dave the potter
artist, poet, slave
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,chiefly col. ill. ;,23 x 29 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Laban Carrick Hill ; illustrated by Bryan Collier
Summary: Chronicles the life of Dave, a nineteenth-century slave, and a potter, who went on to become an influential poet and artist.
Awards & Distinctions: Caldecott Honor Book, 2011
Coretta Scott King Book Award -- Illustrator, 2011
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2011
Additional Contributors: Collier, Bryan
ISBN: 9780316107310
Branch Call Number: j 738.092 D246h 2010 Beginning Facts
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Dave, active 1834-1864 Juvenile literature African American potters Biography Juvenile literature African American poets Biography Juvenile literature Slaves South Carolina Biography Juvenile literature
Topical Term: African American potters
African American poets
LCCN: 2010006382
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Dave, an enslaved potter, produced beautiful pottery and clever rhymes at a time when most African-Americans were forbidden to read.

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Apr 05, 2014
  • muffinpopcorn rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Not bad , kinda interesting

Dec 17, 2012
  • alangone rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Nonfiction picture book biography of the work of Dave the Potter, enslaved artisan know for inscribing his pots; would be unknown if the works had not been found archeologically. Saw one on Antique RoadShow!
Beautifully written, rich poetic language, with type and art work enhancing the book by mimicking the slip and glaze of pottery. well, well done. Biographical notes at back. Nonfiction picture book for many ages. Paired well with Action Jackon by Greenberg and Jordan.

Mar 18, 2012
  • Artful rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Just look at the cover to see why this 2011 Caldecott Honor Book grabs children's attention: the strong and beautiful painting appeals to children's love of getting their own hands in the clay while introducing them to the compelling figure of Dave--an early American artist, poet, and slave. I use the book to help students learn about the full process of ceramics--from digging the clay to the final firing. The end pages tell what is known of Dave's extant pots and the poetry he wrote on some of them. I wish there had been a brief glossary of ceramic terms (I'm not sure children will understand the role of a "pug mill" in the story or in ceramics, for instance)--but that's a small quibble.


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