Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Mad Potter is Madly Entertaining

I have to admit that I am partial to books that teach kids to appreciate art in its many forms.  The Mad Potter is wonderful way to introduce kids to pottery ... no really.

I know what you're thinking.  There is no way my child is going to read a book about clay pots!  But how about a book about an eccentric man with a handlebar mustache that he wraps around his ears.  How about a book where the pots don't look quite like anything you have seen before.  I promise you that this book will intrigue them at a minimum and educate them without their knowing.

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Title:       The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr Eccentric Genius

Author:  Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan

Target:   Grades 2-6

Series:    No

What this book is about: 
George Ohr was eccentric, arrogant and brazen.  He was a potter who crafted pots whose artistic merits were not recognized at the time, but who still became a Biloxi tourist attraction for his flamboyant style.  Both he and his pots were “out there.”  George sported a ridiculously long handlebar mustache which he wrapped around his ears.  His pots were free form expressions, and no two are alike.  While he wasn’t considered an artist by others at the time, despite his self professed talent, years after his death his pots become hot commodities.  Single vases now fetch upwards of one hundred and thirty-three thousand dollars.  

Why I love this book: 
The photos in this book are marvelous.  I showed it to several girls in my daughter’s class and they were absolutely intrigued by both the crazy shapes of the pots and the outlandish appearance of George himself.  A wonderful way to introduce children to “artistic personality” and the creative process.

I also very much enjoyed the page on how to look at a pot in the back of the book.  It is a wonderful primer for kids on how to approach looking at works of art.

This book makes nonfiction fun, and is a wonderful way to get kids excited about books that feature real events and people.

Who this book is for: 
I think if a parent reads this book with a child, most kids will absolutely get caught up in the life and work of George Ohr.  I would encourage it as a read aloud or read together.

Final thoughts:
You will appreciate this one as much as your kids.

To purchase this book:
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