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pottery

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Author: Andrea Cheng

This book is a quick read and tells the most amazing story of Dave the Potter, a black slave in South Carolina.  The story is told through poems from various voices and gives readers a true depiction of what it must have been like to be a slave.  Pair this with the movie "12 Years a Slave" and the picture book, Dave the Potter, and you will learn important lessons from the heart.  This book makes me want to visit Edgefield, SC!

Creating from Clay

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Author: Laban Carrick Hill

This biography of the slave only known as Dave, features the creativity of a man who likely had few freedoms in his life. Words and images bring to life the feeling of creating pottery, some of it huge in size. Additional information about Dave the Potter and a bibliography at the end of the book provide a jumping-off point for enthusiastic readers.