Deborah Appleby's first evocative and poetic picture book has appeal for a wide audience: a future artist looking for inspiration; a student of South Carolina history digging deeper; a teacher searching for material to engage her students and enrich her lessons; anyone looking for a well-written introduction to a fascinating man. This the full package. A beautifully written poem about the life of Dave the Potter. Applebey's passion for pottery shines throughout this work. As a teacher and professional artist, she has created an excellent resource for educators and parents everywhere. This book will encourage students to learn about the history of pottery and experience the joy of clay. Appleby’s knowledge and respect for the skill of pottery are evident in her text as she gives passion to Dave's daily life. His amazing talent would have been a light that allowed him to shine on dark days and this poem helps to enhance the story and legacy of Edgefield, South Carolina's Dave the Potter. An impressive piece of literature for young readers, I Am Dave captures the heart and spirit of David Drake, the first enslaved potter to inscribe his work. Excellent use of imagery and sensory integration to make the story come alive.
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