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From: Sears, Ellen (ESears_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Mar 20 2003 - 06:57:44 PST

We are reading The Single Shard last year's Newberry winner - great job with
description etc on Korean Pottery in the 11th/12th century - the author is
visiting next month and I took the kids to an art studio for a session on
the wheel - if you read aloud while the kids work - this is nice -

Also - the Spanish teacher had this book -

The Pot That Juan Built by Nancy Andrews-Goebel (illlus by David Diaz)

It received some bad reviews and some good - but a good resource for the


Editorial Reviews
From Publishers Weekly
Noted Mexican potter Juan Quezada is the subject of an inventive and
engrossing biography from newcomer Andrews-Goebel (who coproduced a
documentary on Quezada) and Caldecott winner Diaz. On the left side of each
spread, a "House That Jack Built"-style rhyme accumulates the often humble
factors that shaped an extraordinary artist ("These are the cows all white
and brown/ That left manure all over the ground/ That fueled the flames so
sizzling hot/ That flickered and flared and fired the pot/ The beautiful pot
that Juan built"). This lilting rhyme describes the rudiments of Quezada's
process, but for more ambitious readers, the opposite page (unfortunately,
in very small type) provides a straightforward elaboration ("Juan's pottery
is fired the traditional way, using dried cow manure for fuels.... [M]anure
from cows that eat grass, rather than commercial feed, burns at the best
temperature to turn his clay pots into perfectly fired works of art"). Diaz
ingeniously ties the two narrative threads together with strongly horizontal
compositions and radiant, stencil-like digital renderings (a highlight is
the spread in which ants point the way to a vein of fine white clay). The
artist shows Quezada both at work and seeking inspiration in the scrubby
foothills. The glowing tones of the artwork capture the sweep and heat of
the sun-bleached landscape, while the highly stylized elements echo the
decorative motifs of Quezada's pottery and lend a suitably mythic patina to
this visionary artist's story. Ages 6-up.
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