Item description for The Potter's Perfect Piece by Kenneth Metzger & Denise Armstrong...
Overview Come along on a grueling journey with an ordinary piece of clay as he is slowly transformed by the old man into a truly one-of-a-kind masterpiece. You and your child will never look at the peaks and valleys of everyday life in the same way. The Potter's Perfect Piece is a story of hope, inspiration, and encouragement.
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Studio: Winepress Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.15" Width: 10.18" Height: 0.37" Weight: 0.81 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2007
Publisher Winepress Publishing
ISBN 1579218768 ISBN13 9781579218768
Reviews - What do customers think about The Potter's Perfect Piece?
A nice parallel with whimsical illustrations Mar 20, 2008
This book follows a piece of clay as it is shaped by the potter. At first, the clay is upset that he has been taken from his comfortable shelf. But then, as the old man begins to massage him and soften him, the clay starts to feel more relaxed. That is, until the spinning starts. Then the pinching and molding and finally the fire. The little piece of clay believes his life is over. He can't take much more and so surrenders completely. The potter carefully paints his new creation before presenting it to the King as a gift for his birthday. When the clay passes a mirror, he now sees himself as a beautiful teacup. He can hardly believe his eyes. "I guess all of that trouble was worth it after all. Look how much I've changed." The King is thrilled with the gift. He lovingly whispers to the little teacup: "I am truly sorry you had to suffer so much, my friend. You see, it was the only way to change you. Oh my beautiful one-of-a-kind ... you were never intended to be just an ordinary piece of clay."
At the back of the book, the author provides a "Discussion Page", which explains the symbolism in the story, and a "Final Thoughts" page, which gives the Gospel message and Scripture.
The illustrations by Denise Armstrong are a mix of old world style and modern whimsy. They're delightful.
What I Like: The story is great. Too often we think, if God loves us, life should be good and easy and comfortable. This book offers a nice reminder of why we encounter troubles. My kids clearly identified with the clay. They were so worried for him when they saw the fire coming! The author does a great job personifying this character. The dialog is cute, definitely drawing kids into the story.
What I Dislike: The metaphor gets confused in a couple spots and the focus isn't terribly clear at the beginning of the book. Also, I think $20 is too much to pay for a children's book.
Age Appeal: this site says 9-12, but I would say 4-8
Overall Rating: Upper side of Good.
Tanya -- Christian Children's Book Review
kate Apr 21, 2007
incredible story of hope. Inspirational. Great book to give as a gift to someone who has experienced hard times or a loss. Great book for both children and adults!