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Andrews-Goebel, Nancy.
New York : Lee & Low, 2002.
IL K-3, RL 4.2
ISBN 1584300388

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

The Mexican village of Mata Ortiz had a tradition of poverty and migrant workers.  Juan Quezada has lived in the village most of his life.  As a young boy, he spent time exploring and came upon some pottery fragments which were very old.  He didn't know it at the time, but he had discovered the remains of pottery from 600 years ago.  He studied the pottery and through the years taught himself the art of making this unique pottery.  Word of this beautiful pottery spread and now the village is a lively artist village.  Just about every household has at least one potter in it.  Find out how Juan changed his poor village into a community of world famous artists.

Booktalk #2

Using human hair and cow dung to create art might not seem like such a good idea to you, but that’s exactly what Mexican potter Juan Quezada did. By reviving ancient pot making techniques, Quezada changed life in his village. You can read all about this remarkable artist in this special nonfiction book written in the style of “The House that Jack Built”.  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2004-2005)

Non-fiction SUBJECTS:     Quezada, Juan.


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