Middle School Readers' Advisory

December 16, 2013

The Mad Potter

Filed under: Uncategorized — msyingling @ 12:49 pm

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Greenburg, Jan and Jordan, Sandra. The Mad Potter: George Ohr, Eccentric Genius.

October 29th 2013 by Roaring Brook Press

This short, picture book biography of George Ohr, who lived in Missippi in the late 1800s and early 1900s, is nicely illustrated with period photos of the man and his family, as well as with color photos of his pottery. It gives an overview of how he attempted to support himself with his work, and how he created the persona of the “mad potter” in order to become a tourist attraction and sell more pottery. It also discusses how his pottery was “discovered” in the late 1960s and became an expensive and highly sought collectible. I love biographies, and this one could be used as a nonfiction piece with Holly Black’s Doll

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