Friday, June 28, 2013

Etched in Clay

Etched in Clay: The Life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and Poet
by Andrea Cheng
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Lee & Low Books (first published October 1st 2012)  
Dave was a lucky slave, at least as much as there could be such a thing. Dave was owned by pottery-makers. The owners quickly learned that Dave had a special talent for making their wares. As the business transitioned from one family member to another, Dave went with the business. His wives and children were sold off, but he was always retained due to his skills. Dave also learned to read and write, which was quite dangerous for a slave to know. He was proud of his accomplishments and began to carve little rhymes and statements or just his autograph into his pieces of pottery despite the threat of losing a finger. Dave's inspiring story is told through poems in his own voice or various others in his life. The author also did the gorgeous woodcuts that add to the mood of the book. 

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