With a flat wooden paddle, large enough to row back across the Atlantic, Dave mixed clay with water drawn from Big Horse Creek, until wet and stiff and heavy.
In the tradition of the Caldecott-winning picture book Snowflake Bentley, this moving, lyrically told true story features Dave, a slave with an extraordinary talent for pottery. 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.
Praise for Harlem Stomp!: A National Book Award Finalist, 2004
[star] "The volume is a visual feast, packed with contemporary photographs, reproductions, magazine covers, and posters, and enhanced by an interesting design. Together, the words and images bring this extraordinary period to life." -- School Library Journal (starred review)
[star] "This energetic, elegantly designed volume documents the artistic, literary and musical surge of black culture in Harlem." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
[star] "With a beautiful open design, this illustrated history combines the politics of the black metropolis in the roaring 1920s with*detailed chapters on the 'blazing creativity' of performers, writers, visual artists, and intellectuals. The spacious pages are wonderful for browsing." --Booklist (starred review)
Praise for Martin's Big Words: Caldecott Medal Honor winner Coretta Scott King Award winner
[Star] "With powerful art and pulsing words, this is a fine book to share and read aloud many times." --Booklist, starred review
"The result is a stunning, reverent tribute." --School Library Journal
"The portraits of King exude his spiritual strength and peaceful visage... An elegant, understated pictorial biography." --Publishers Weekly—
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.