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Three articles about Dave the Potter | Class #4, 2016

Bryan Collier Bryan Collier with his wife, daughter, and newborn baby daughter on Easter, April 2011.

In addition to the four information books we're reading this week, there are also three articles from the July/August 2011 Horn Book Magazine related to Dave the Potter:

Personally, I love learning about the background of books and hearing how they are used. I also like hearing commentary tracks on DVDs after watching a movie. Does knowing more about the creating process help you appreciate the book more? Or does it take away some of the magic?

Lolly Robinson

Lolly Robinson is a freelance designer and consultant with degrees in studio art and children’s literature. She is the former creative director for The Horn Book, Inc., and has taught children’s literature at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. She has served on the Caldecott and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committees and blogged for Calling Caldecott and Lolly's Classroom on this site.


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Dominique Donette

In his acceptance speech, Bryan Collier outlines the way in which he understands what it is he's writing about, the who, what, when, where and why. His process reminds me of the ways in which actors going about studying or "becoming" a character. In the case of "Dave the Potter" Hill thought it was important to understand Dave's life and sought out his home. By taking time to feel pottery made by him, speak to people who knew his legacy and see what perhaps Dave saw as he created, Collier was able to capture and put into words a more authentic story. I appreciated the interrogation of Dave's use of the word "wonder" at the end of the speech. As a slave who was prohibited from reading and writing, Dave was an accomplished man and his legacy lives on! In the article about Bryan Collier's life, it was impressive to learn that he had obtained his BFA from Pratt and also got into illustrations by working at the Harlem Children's hospital. It seems there was always a purpose to his work. Additionally, it's nice that the author of the article speaks to his warmth and amiable spirit. It's interesting to hear about an author/artist's actual personality when their work is so full of emotion. I'm curious about what informs that. In the final article, I appreciated hearing about the author's experience of deciding to use this book in her home. I often think, what age is too early to begin having critical conversations with children about race, poverty, money, pain, etc.

Posted : Apr 13, 2016 02:39


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