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Children of Clay: A Family of Pueblo Potters (We Are Still Here) Paperback – March 1, 1993

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Grade 3-5-- A beautifully illustrated short work on the life of a family of potters from Santa Clara Pueblo. The book follows Gia Rose as she and her relatives drive to the mountains to dig for clay; prepare it for working; and fashion pieces that are then polished, sanded, and fired. In addition to the many large, full-color photographs, there are maps of the area and of the 19 pueblos in New Mexico, and designs decorating the large-print text. Swentzell does a good job of demonstrating the family's closeness to nature and to other members in the village. Although the author provides readers with only a glimpse of tradition, there is a list of books for further reading. While the subject will be of special interest to those studying pueblos or New Mexico, and to those interested in pottery, this book also offers a very personal view of what it is like to live today as part of a Native American community. --Yvonne Frey, Peoria Public Schools, IL
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bill Steen is a photographer and collaborative builder who is especially interested in combining building techniques with community-enhancing approaches to design. Athena and Bill are co-founders of the Canelo Project, through which they conduct ecological design and construction workshops in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. They live in Canelo, Arizona. Visit Athena and Bill's Blog, The Canelo Chronicles at www.caneloproject.com.

Michael Dorris is the author of A Yellow Raft in Blue Water, The Broken Cord, Working Men, Morning Girl, and Guests, and co-author with Louise Erdrich of The Crown of Columbus.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 960L (What's this?)
  • Series: We Are Still Here
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group (March 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082259627X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822596271
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With beautiful photographs that even young children will relate too, this book works on so many levels -- how pots are made, how one modern American Indian family lives and works together, and a little bit of the history of the pueblo potters.

The pictures and the text provide a thorough view into a unique way of living based on the traditions of many generations in the desert southwest.

Children love to seeing pictures of children working with clay. It shows so many of the steps -- actually going out and digging for the clay to firing the pots. My daughter still asks me if we can go dig for some clay so she can make some pots.

Use it as a travel guide for children especially if you are going to New Mexico and will be visiting pueblos and are interested in the adobe structures and pots.

It pairs well with Grandmother's Adobe Dollhouse.
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love this book - had lost it and am glad to have another copy! I takes you through the day of a family of potters.
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I know the family and this is an amazing portrayal of a beautiful family.
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