Featured Book: The Mad Potter

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MadPotterTitle: The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

Review by Maria Burnham, Sauk Rapids-Rice High School Library Media Specialist

I read this book because I have been following the books that my local Chapter and Verse book club are discussing.  For the month of February, we were set to discuss our favorite award winning books.  In an attempt to branch out from what I normally read, I picked up and started to read all of the award winning elementary level books.

This book, in particular, stood out to me as an interesting non-fiction read.  I’ve always been a person who loves art (even though I’m not very good as an artist).  I enjoy the creativity, the story behind a piece, and how a visually-pleasing piece can add to a room.  So I was interested in reading about George E. Ohr, a.k.a. The Mad Potter.

This book is a great choice for any elementary-aged student.  You do not have to “like” or appreciate art to enjoy the life of George Ohr or the creative genius of his work.  The text is a well-told and fast-paced story and the pictures are fascinating!

No matter your age or your interests, be sure to pick up this book.  George E. Ohr is a fella you won’t soon forget!