Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave

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By Laban Carrick Hill

Illustrated by Bryan Colllier

This moving, lyrically told true story features Dave, a slave living in South Carolina in the 1800's with an extraordinary talent for pottery and poetry. Dave combined his superb artistry with deeply observant poetry, carved onto his pots, transcending the limitations he faced as a slave. Laban Hill's poetic text and Bryan Collier's rich, evocative illustrations follow Dave as he goes through the steps to make a beautiful pot, and highlights thought-provoking themes of African American history, overcoming adversity, and the power of the artistic spirit. Some of Dave's creations can now be seen at the Smithsonian Museum.

An afterword by the author and illustrator provides readers with historical context adding depth and perspective to this important story.

Age Range: 4 to 8 years

Hardcover with jacket, 40 pages

Dimensions: 11-1/4 x 8-3/4 x 3/8 inches

Winner of the 2011 Caldecott Honor Book and the 2011 Coretta Scott King Award.