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When Clay Sings Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-03-27 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 14 user ratings
ISBN:0689711069
LANGUAGE:English

"My daughters who are in 1st and 3rd grade loved this book. I purchased it to help them understand more about how the things people leave behind help to create history. We had just finished a chapter in our history book about archeologists and historians, but I felt we needed to explore it a bit more for my 1st grader. While this doesn't exactly talk about the job of an archeologist, it did seemed to help her understand a bit more about why people want to dig up old stuff from out of the ground :)

The illustrations are stunning. I enjoyed the flow of the story which is basically a long poem. I'm sure we'll revisit this again when we begin to discuss Native American history, if not before
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"The main characters in this book are the Native Americans. This book is basically just a really long poem Native Americans in the Southwest region.The poem starts off by going into detail about the Native American and how their are different types of pottery made by them. The illustrator has the actual replications of real work that was done by ancient Native American potters. The text also has songs and the ancient pottery work done by the Native Americans are explain as well as particular symbols. I believe that students will have to learn and appreciate this book. Even though it is just a poem, it has a lot of insight and I think that anyone that reads this book will not close the book without learning at least one fact they did not already know." said.

"I read this to my son last night as part of my Caldecott Challenge, but secretly also for me. He didn't get much out of it, but I enjoyed reading it out loud. The book won a 1973 Caldecott Honor award. I have discovered Byrd Baylor's poetry picture books and fallen in love with them. The author is from Arizona and her poetry is a great look at Southwestern US Native American culture, and this book is no exception. The book is about the pottery of ancient Southwest Native American tribes that lived in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah. The title is about how pottery helps to tell the story of someone's life, and sings the message, so even broken pottery needs to be treated with reverence and respect. I absolutely love the pen and ink illustrations by Tom Bahti, taken from actual SW pottery. Recommended for ages 5-10, 4 stars. " said.

"When Clay Sings winner of the Caldecott Honor Book Award in 1973 and an ALA Notable Children’s Book is a lyrical, historically influenced long poem that highlights the creativity of Native Americans in the Southwest, with pottery that can still be found in the American desert being the main focal point. Told in the third person, the story begins with a discussion of the types of pottery made by Native Americans and the meanings behind the symbols that were used as decoration. The idea behind the narrative is an interesting one, archaeological and adventurous in that it recreates an ancient world that may be unknown to the reader. Educating them about the various Native American tribes such as the Anasazi, Mogollon, Hohokam and Mimbres cultures. This approach allows the reader to envision who created these pots, where they were created, and in what conditions they were created in.
Tom Bahti’s illustrations replicate the images of real ancient Native America potter’s work and are by far the most interesting part of this picture book. The poem is long winded and could easily bore younger audiences if read by themselves or read out loud by an ill equipped narrator. The title is recommended to young children beginning with age four, grades preschool to third grade who are interested in poetry and Native American culture and non-fiction. The title would be helpful to any teacher interested in material that will assist in Native American culture, poetry or to multi-cultural studies.
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" Caldecott Honor picture book. Mostly a fairly wordy description of finding old broken pottery in the southwest. Not really a story. And not art that I particularly like. Pretty good around the subject and aimed so a child could appreciate it, without talking down. " said.

" I really loved this book. Everything about it evoked the ancient desert cultures. " said.

" The pieces of pottery sing! And they tell stories of the hands that made them...Listen! " said.

" • 1973 Caldecott Honor Book •I really love the drawings in this book. I wish there was a little more background information but there is a map in the back of the 4 Native tribes from present-day New Mexico and Arizona from which the drawings are derived. The poetry is accessible and fun to read, but the real star is the illustrations. Materials used: unlistedTypeface used: unlisted " said.

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