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A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

by Jen Bryant

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This biography introduced me to the life and works of Horace Pippin. It is an amazing story of perseverance and of following your dreams. The story is written for younger children but older children will appreciate Pippin's story as well. I am so glad the author included further reading information, film, and websites to explore. I liked that the illustrator set the quotes from Pippin in different texts. The illustrations in this book are amazing! ( )
  SuPendleton | Jul 18, 2014 |
Summary: A Splash of Red is a short biography of a renowned American artist, Horace Pippin.

Review: This book can easily be used in a history or art lesson. It shows how Horace Pippin retaught himself to paint after his arm was injured. It discusses the injury without focusing on it. We need to acknowledge different capabilities without fixating on them or making them the only part of an individual’s identity.
Melissa Sweet creates beautiful art that enhances the text. A small sample of Pippin's book at the end.
  kkrat2 | May 24, 2014 |
This story is the children's version of the biography of Horace Pippin. The book starts out telling the reader about Horace's childhood and how even at a young age he was in love with drawing. The book takes you through Horace growing up and having to struggle to continue with his art due to lack of supplies, money and life circumstances. Horace ends up going into the military where he is shot in the arm. This injury leaves his right hand unable to do what Horace wants it to in order to create art. One night though, Horace realizes that he can use a fire poker to help steady his hand and help him draw. This inspires him to preserver even more to be able to continue being an artist. Horace finally gets discovered and recognized for his talent. This is a great story of perseverance and following your passion. The story was informative and would be exceptionally appropriate for younger elementary students to learn about Horace Pippin and his art. ( )
  Jdwalker | May 20, 2014 |
The illustrations in this book were beautiful. Somewhat abstract and very colorful. It brought the words to life and made the information more interesting. I think it is important for kids to learn about other famous people in life besides the obvious ones. I didn't know a lot about Horace Pippin before reading this book. It was very informative.
  ediekm1990 | May 12, 2014 |
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, won the 2014 Schneider Family Book Award for books for ages up to 10 that "embody an artistic expression of the disability experience." It was also the 2014 winner of the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award, established in 1989 by the National Council for the Teachers of English for promoting and recognizing excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children. Finally, it was also named a 2014 2014 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book AwardHonor Book as one of the most distinguished informational books for children.

This picture book biography (definitely appropriate for ages 6-10) is about African-American self-taught artist Horace Pippin (1888-1946), who painted despite a severe injury to his right arm suffered in World War I.

Bryant and Sweet teamed up on A River of Words, a picture book biography of William Carlos Williams, which was a Caldecott Honor Book in 2009. Bryant was inspired to write about Pippin while researching for another book.

Sweet also wrote and illustrated Balloons Over Broadway, which won the Sibert AND the Orbis Pictus in 2012.  Sweet used watercolor, gouache, and mixed media (including fabric and wood carvings) in her illustrations for A Splash of Red.   She also lettered in many quotes from him among the illustrations.  The book also includes a page of resources (further reading, web sites, etc.), and there is a map on the back end pages showing places you can see Pippin's art, as well as some actual examples of his work.
  rdg301library | May 8, 2014 |
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As a child in the late 1800s, Horace Pippin loved to draw: He loved the feel of the charcoal as it slid across the floor. He loved looking at something in the room and making it come alive again in front of him. He drew pictures for his sisters, his classmates, his co-workers. Even during W.W.I, Horace filled his notebooks with drawings from the trenches . . . until he was shot. Upon his return home, Horace couldn't lift his right arm, and couldn't make any art. Slowly, with lots of practice, he regained use of his arm, until once again, he was able to paint--and paint, and paint! Soon, people—including the famous painter N. C. Wyeth—started noticing Horace's art, and before long, his paintings were displayed in galleries and museums across the country.

Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet team up once again to share this inspiring story of a self-taught painter from humble beginnings who despite many obstacles, was ultimately able to do what he loved, and be recognized for who he was: an artist.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:46:52 -0400)

Presents an illustrated introduction to the life and work of artist Horace Pippin, describing his childhood love for drawing and the World War I injury that challenged his career.

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