Vasija Que Juan Fabrico

Vasija Que Juan Fabrico

by David Diaz, Nancy Andrews-Goebel
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A lively text in cumulative Spanish rhymes is interspersed with a longer explanatory prose text on opposite pages, to tell the story of the famous Mexican artist, Juan Quezada. Born in 1940, and raised in the small town of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Quezada worked as a farmer, railroad worker, and boxer, before discovering his true passion and talent which was making pottery by recreating the methods used by the prehistoric Casas Grandes culture. In addition to becoming successful himself, Quezada also inspired and helped other villagers become successful artists. Today his work is in many museums and art galleries, and he received Mexico's National Arts and Science Award in 1999. This lively picture book focuses on the steps Quezada takes to create his pottery. An epilogue providing background information on the man and his art includes many small, color photos. Vivid, often humorous illustrations by Caldecott illustrator, David Diaz, compliment and enhance the text. They resemble glowing airbrush paintings, but they are digitally-rendered. This book could have a number of uses. The more simple rhyming text might be suitable for bilingual or Spanish storytimes, although the vocabulary is fairly advanced and might need to be explained. The longer, prose pages and epilogue could be enjoyed by older students and even adults. The book might also be used as part of an art unit. 2003, Lee & Low Books, Ages 6 to adult.
—Gisela Jernigan, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584302308
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
7 - 8 Years

Related Subjects

Meet the Author

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >