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Etched in Clay: The Life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and Poet Hardcover – January 20, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books; 1St Edition edition (January 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160060451X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600604515
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this novelized biography in verse, Cheng limns the life of Dave (his only name), an enslaved nineteenth-century potter and poet. Owned by various members of the Landrum/Drake/Miles families, Dave became a master potter as a young man. Equally significant is the fact that he was literate and made it a habit to sign his pots, jugs, and jars, and often to add simple verses (“Dave belongs to Mr. Miles / wher the oven bakes & the pot biles”). This was remarkably brave at a time when South Carolina’s slave-literacy law could have resulted in his being whipped, maimed, or even killed for this simple act. Dave stubbornly persisted, impressing on his work his own humanity, and approximately 170 of his aesthetically and culturally significant vessels survive in museums and private collections. Cheng illustrates her stirring work with her own simple black-and-white woodcuts. Appended material adds additional information about Dave’s life and the Edgefield Pottery, of which his work is an example. Grades 5-8. --Cart, Michael

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge on April 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Born into slavery in 1801, Dave should have lived an invisible life and died unknown. That he didn't is due to an almost miraculous series of events. His first known owner, a potter, discovers Dave has a genius for creating pots; Dave, using a spelling book the owner's pious wife leaves for him to find, teaches himself to read; and, ignoring the law that a literate slave could be put to death, Dave brazenly begins carving his name and some lines of poetry into his pots. Cheng uses narrative poems as spare as the bits of research she works from, filling in the gaps with intelligently imagined detail. Each poem is narrated by a different player in the drama, giving the reader a view of both what Dave sees and of how he is seen: "What would a potter slave/like you/do in Alabama anyway,/ where there are/ no pottery works?" asks his kindly owner, when Dave begs to be sold along with his wife. "...I suspect he was dead," says a passenger on the train that runs over Dave leaving him with only one leg. "I wonder where is all my relation/friendship to all - and, every nation," writes Dave, remembering the mother he never knew and the wife who's been torn away from him. An introduction, list of characters, and backmatter flesh out this searingly beautiful story of a slave who should have remained silent...but chose not to.
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There are a slew of books already written about the Civil War era, slavery, and civil rights. Etched in Clay, by Andrea Cheng, is unique in that it is aimed at a middle grade and young adult audience, yet the spare prose makes it accessible to a wide range of reading levels. Dave's story is powerful, and I'm in awe of Cheng's ability to use a few hand-picked words to pack such an emotional punch. Lovely, sad, and-above all-hopeful.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jrt on July 26, 2014
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A powerful look at early American slavery.
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