Monday, April 28, 2008

Nonfiction Monday: The Pot that Juan Built

Author Nancy Andrews-Goebel’s The Pot that Juan Built, illustrated by David Diaz, serves as the foundation for a wonderful nonfiction audiobook from Weston Woods. Mexican potter Juan Quezada is the subject of the multi-layered picture book that includes a simple cumulative rhyme along with a more detailed description of the potter’s methods. The audiobook includes the poem with page turns on one track and the detailed story on another, offering a production that may be enjoyed by listeners ranging from pre-readers to older art students. Authentic original music composed by Otmaro Ruiz and narration by the always-excellent Alfred Molina, coupled with the dazzling picture book art, make for a celebration of the artist’s craft. An ALA Notable Book, Pura Belpré Honor Book, and ALA Notable Children’s Recording.
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