Dimensions: 40 Pages, 11.42 × 8.66 × 0.39 in
Published: September 7, 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 031610731X
ISBN - 13: 9780316107310
From the Publisher
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.
About the Author
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.