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Dave the Potter

Artist, Poet, Slave
By Laban Carrick Hill (Hardcover Book, 2010)
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.
  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $16.99 US/$18.50 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316107310

    • On Sale Date: 09/07/2010

    • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Formats Available: Hardcover Book

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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.

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.
  • 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

  • (School Library Journal).

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Dave the Potter
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Price: $16.99 US/$18.50 CAN
  • Pages: 40
  • Physical Dimensions: 11" x 8-1/2"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9780316107310
  • On Sale Date: 09/07/2010
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