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The Pot That Juan Built

The Pot That Juan Built

by Nancy Andrews-Goebel Illustrated by David Diaz

This book tells of Juan Quezada, a famous potter in Mexico. It explains how Juan makes his beautiful pottery and how his work changed the impoverished village of Mata Ortiz into a prosperous community of world-class artists.

Quezada creates stunning pots in the traditional style of the Casas Grandes people, including using human hair to make brushes and cow dung to feed the fire. This real-life story is written in the cumulative rhyme of The House That Jack Built.

Illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner David Diaz.

7, 8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 2 - 5
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Book Type
Cumulative Tale
Number of Pages
Biography and Autobiography, Poetry, Songs, Verse

About the Author and Illustrator

Nancy Andrews-Goebel
Contributor Image Alt Tag David Diaz Acclaimed artist David Diaz has been an illustrator and graphic designer for more than 20 years, and is recognized for his dynamic work in national publications, popular products, and literary works for children and adults alike.

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