The Pot That Juan Built

The Pot That Juan Built


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Juan Quezada is the premier potter in Mexico. With local materials and the primitive methods of the Casas Grandes people — including using human hair to make brushes and cow manure to feed the flames that fire his pots — Juan creates stunning pots in the traditional style. Each is a work of art unlike any other.The text is written in the form of "The House That Jack Built" and accompanied by a comprehensive afterword with photos and information about Juan's technique as well as a history of Mata Ortiz, the northern Mexican village where Juan began and continues to work. This celebratory story tells how Juan's pioneering work has transformed Mata Ortiz from an impoverished village into a prosperous community of world-renowned artists.

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ISBN-13: 9781600608483
Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 415,927
Product dimensions: 10.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 8 Years

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Pot That Juan Built 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful biography that integrates art, culture, geography, history, and so on. This isn't merely a children's book, it is a wonderful piece of literature for any age that can be used across the content areas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great biography! As an educator and elementary school principal in a multicultural school I found the story of Juan Quezada's life and art fascinating. Pairing the reading of this story with art activities, pottery displays, and pictures of pottery would inspire children to become artists.
sharmon05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story not only focuses on Juan Quezada's life, but also his artwork. This makes it so this book is a good and unique example of a biography. The illustrations in this book are vibrant and contain a lot of color and different shapes. These illustrations help make the setting clear to the reader, which helps further the understanding of the story and the methods used to make his pottery.
Omrythea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Juan Quezada is a famous potter in Mexico. This book describes the process he uses to create his beautiful pots.
corydickason on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of how Juan Quezada figured out how to make traditional Mata Ortiz pottery after the art had been long lost is fascinating, and this book makes it understandable for kids. this would be great in conjunction with a pottery class -- kids love to play with clay.
aconant05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is both a book of poetry, and a biography of the famous Mexican potter, Juan Quezada. It explains how he makes his pots and how they have affected Mexican culture.
jessy555 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: BiographyCritique of Genre: This example of biography is an interesting one because it not only has facts about Juan, but alongside those facts is a continuing poem about making pottery. Media: computer generatedAge Appropriateness: secondary
jonathanjohnson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Terrible. I would give it no stars but someone took time to actually write this book so I'll give it 1 star.
lisab818 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Pot That Juan Built is written as a duet, with poetry telling the story on the left while nonfiction text mirrors the story on the right side. The book tells about Juan Quezada from Mata Ortiz, Mexico, who builds beautiful pottery made of native materials. David Diaz's illustrations add to the richness of this multicultural picture book.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
Story of Juan Quezada told in flowing poetry with beautiful, eye-catching illustrations is offered in this book "The Pot That Juan Built." An explanation of how Juan taught others the art of pottery-making is also included. Photos in the "afterward" section show readers the pottery-making process. It is rather fascinating, informative, and educational. Young readers, this is just an opinion, will enjoy this book; it is easy-to-read and easy-to-comprehend.
dh325 More than 1 year ago
This is a charming book - excellent before you are heading off to the museum or a trip to the Grand Canyon, Arizona, New Mexico etc. While the writing is sutiable to a first grader, the concepts are great for older children. As well, with an older child you can talk about the structure of the story and how it works backward from the finished pot to looking for the clay itself. I also liked the end piece with a more detailed bio of Juan and his work.
MLM51 More than 1 year ago
The book The Pot Juan Bult, by Nancy Andrews-Coebel, told the story about how a young boy began his journey to become a professional potter. Juan lived with his family and started creating pottery with no experience at all. This book goes through the steps it takes to create a piece of pottery. The book was interesting because on one side it was telling Juan's story and on the other it was a cumulative poem/ryhme. This book would be great for younger students (grade 1-3) to learn about pottery and poetry. The Pot Juan Built also has wonderful illustrations by David Diaz. I would use this book in my classroom to teach students about language, culture, geography and life lessons. Juan did not give up and went for his dream. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and think it would be a great book to share in a classroom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I use this book to teach economics and to teach how one person can make a difference for many. This book is based on a true story. Juan, by being very persistent, rediscovered the traditional pottery making process of his ancestors. The traditional story line coupled with the real story makes this useful for literature and for social studies. The inclusion of the story of Juan and his village at the end of the book is particularly educational too. This book has been one of my favorites for years. We have used it for teacher education repeatedly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am disappointed, this book isn¿t captivating. I find it to be boring and pretentious, ironically a knock-off of a Classic nursery rhyme while trying too hard to be ethnic and historical. The poetry is trite and stilted, overusing the word beautiful, and all those rhyming verbs become tedious too. Furthermore, the story lacks a compelling plot. For a while, I worked at a bookstore with an extensive children¿s section and a story hour every week. When I first saw this book I thought, I would never be able to read this during story hour because the kids wouldn¿t pay attention.