Dave the Potter

Artist, Poet, Slave

By Laban Carrick Hill; Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780316107310, 40pp.)

Publication Date: September 2010

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Description

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.




About the Author
Laban Carrick Hill is the author of "America Dreaming: How Youth Changed America in the 60s", "Harlem Stomp!: A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance", which was a National Book Award finalist, and "Dave the Potter", a Caldecott Honor book, illustrated by Bryan Collier. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.

Bryan Collier is the author and illustrator of "Uptown", winner of the Coretta Scott King Award and the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. He is also the illustrator of "Martin's Big Words "by Doreen Rappaport and "Rosa" by Nikki Giovanni, both of which are Caldecott Honor Books. The "Chicago Sun-Times" has called Collier's art "breathtakingly beautiful." Mr. Collier lives with his family in Harlem in New York City.
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