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Juan Quezada Hardcover – January, 2003

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Grade 1-3-This picture-book biography presents the story of the artist's rediscovery of the methods that the ancient Casas Grandes Indian tribe of Northern Mexico used to create pottery. Quezada's own words are used in an "as told to" format to describe the process he used to make pottery and then to teach it to others in his village as well. A by-product of this cottage industry has been the rebirth of Mata Ortiz from a defunct railroad town to a booming artistic center. Now an internationally known artist, Quezada continues to share his knowledge and ability with others. The bland text is illustrated in average ink, watercolor, and colored-pencil paintings that are strictly textbook in quality. The book concludes with a glossary of the Spanish words used in the text, three pages of the history of the area, a page each on the source and location of the clay, and a K-6 lesson plan that explores design. This title poses no competition for Nancy Andrews-Goebel's The Pot That Juan Built (Lee & Low, 2002), which is superior in textual treatment, child appeal, and illustration.
Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA
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"An appropriate addition for school library collections." -- Criticas Magazine, June, 2003

"The conversational style will be easy for children to follow, especially for those whose native language is Spanish." -- Kirkus Magazine Feb., 2003

"although Juan Quezada is presented as a children's book, I think it is also a fine book for adults who collect or who are interested in Mata Ortiz pottery." -- Mexico Connect, James Tipton, 2006

" The book is lovely. Wonderful illustrations full of color and detail will attract and captivate young readers or listeners." -- "Clay Times Magazine 2003

"..this book makes us understand that the past helps us understand the present and gives us hope for the future." -- Edward James Olmos, 2003

Juan Quezada is an inspiration as an artist, but more than that, this book makes us understand that the past helps us understand the present and gives us hope for the future. --Edward James Olmos, 2003

The conversational style will be easy for children to follow, especially those whose native language is Spanish. --Kirkus, 2003

An appropriate addition for school library collections --Críticas Magazine, 2003

The book is lovely. Wonderful illustrations full of color and detail will attract and captivate young readers or listeners. The English text flows smoothly and is interlaced with key Spanish words and phrases that are very effective (and very subtle) in making the culture and language accessible and comfortable to young audiences. --Clay Times Review, 2003

From the beginning...I've felt the grand lesson from his life was for young people to not lose sight of and have the courage to follow their dreams. How good that a childrens book has now come out with that theme! Illustrated by the author and available in Spanish or English, this superb childrens picture book tells Juan Quezada's story in his own words. In the book, Grandfather Juan, Grandmother Guille and their grandson, Chato, make pottery while sharing Chato's favorite family story: how Juan re-invented the lost ceramic art of their area, shared his knowledge with family and neighbors, and created a better life for their village. The author is an arts educator and is available for classroom and workshop visits. The English version has a glossary for Spanish words used in the text, and both versions contain a map, history, reference and an art lesson plan (bilingual in the Spanish version) that meet national education standards. This book is the only primary-source picture-book biography in both Spanish and English. It is on the California Department of Education's recommended reading list for social sciences, history, and the visual arts, and is included within the Accelerated Readers Program with Quiz. Forty pages, fully illustrated. Ages 4-12, Grades K-6. --Mata Ortiz Calendar, Spencer MacCallum, Anthropologist,2003

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Norman Books; 1st edition (January 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970861745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970861740
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 11 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,962,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By May Herz on September 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This wonderful book really shows the beauty of Juan Quezada's pots. It describes in a simple entertaining way the story of Mata Ortiz pottery. Best of all, the illustrations are faithful to the very attractive , world famous Mata Ortiz designs.
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