"Dave created his art in spite of a society that not only discouraged his brilliance but threatened him with death for expressing it."The poem written by Hill as the text of this book is simple, clear description that rings with strength and beauty:
"On wet days,Perfectly complemented by Collier's gorgeous collage paintings, this book is breathtaking and offers an alternate view of the power of art and poetry in the face of humanity's greatest cruelty. I especially like how the illustrations include words hidden in the texture of the backgrounds and objects, such as the words "Live Life" meshed into the woodwork of the barn wall. The fabulous fold-out spread showing Dave's hands shaping a lump of clay into a pot is riveting. Children and adults alike will love this book and want to read and savor it over and over.
heavy with rainwater,
it is cool and squishy,
mud pie heaven.
but to Dave
it was clay,
the plain and basic stuff
upon which he learned to
form a life
as a slave neraly two hundred years ago."
Links & awards:
School Library Journal interview with Laban Carrick Hill
New York Times review
New York Times Bestseller
2011 Caldecott Honor
2011 Coretta Scott King Gold Award for Illustrations
Chicago Public Library's 2010 Best of the Best List
New York Public Library's 2010 Best 100 Books of the Year
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2011
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