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The Pot That Juan Built

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2005

    Excellent for older students (5th and up)

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2005

    Don't miss the point!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2012

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    Story of Juan Quezada told in flowing poetry with beautiful, eye

    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.

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  • Posted January 14, 2010

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    Charming!

    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.

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  • Posted October 25, 2009

    The Pot Juan Built

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2008

    Very colorful and educational children's book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2003

    not captivating

    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.

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