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

by Jen Bryant

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Jen Bryant writes about Horace Pippin, an artist of the 1920s through the 1940s. It tells of his life and overcoming an injury from WWI. The reader sees his love of art from an early age and of his experience in WWI. Bryant explains how his right shoulder was injured in a bombing. It shows his courage when returning home and his determination to support his wife and do what he could to help. It shows his hope to become an artist again by his left hand holding his right so he could paint. It shows his artwork and where one can go to see it displayed. His paintings were simplistic with often a bit of red in the painting. The illustrations add to the interest of the book. This is a good book to read to middle elementary when helping students to see how adults over come adversity and continue to be hopeful. ( )
  dscalia | Mar 23, 2014 |
A story about the life of Horace Pippen. Horace loved to draw from a young age, but he didn't start painting until he was in his 40's. He worked hard all his life. When he was wounded in world war I he had trouble using his right arm. He could no longer do heavy lifting and had trouble finding a job. His desire to paint helped him rehabilitate his arm enough to lift a paint brush.
  stacy3176 | Mar 17, 2014 |
Pippin was born in New England in 1988 as grandchild of a slave. Throughout childhood when he wasn't busy toiling away, he drew charcoal pictures of his surroundings on paper scraps. He drew so well, he ended up winning an art set with real colored pencils/paints from a magazine competition. Request for his drawings & paintings often come from his classmates, siblings, and later his coworkers. As he grew into manhood, hardworking Pippin enlisted in WWI to fight as a soldier; where he was later injured on the battlefield. He could no longer do much with only one working arm, until he rediscovered hope in a significant way. Sweets’ illustrations do justice in capturing Pippin’s signature style of painting "every day scenes in natural colors… [with an] added a splash of red" capture this thread of hope. Bryant’s carefully conducted writing, paired alongside Sweets’ vibrant watercolor and mixed media folky illustrations, make this a worthy pick for the Schneider Family Book Award. Bryant’s has done a careful job referencing Pippin’s quotes from past journals and interviews. This book may be an added bonus to curriculum where the common core or multicultural literature is being discussed.
  Razberries4 | Mar 14, 2014 |
This is a story about dreams coming true. Horace Pippin loved to paint but financially he was incapable of it because he needed to work. After the war he was injured and could not paint. He eventually began painting by holding up his right hand with his left. His paintings finally got recognition. I loved this story because Pippin found a way to do what he loves and he succeeded in it. Wonderful little piece of history that is beneficial for children to know about. I enjoy reading about the people in history that we don't always hear about or learn in school. I would recommend for grades 2-5. ( )
  Imandayeh | Feb 10, 2014 |
(133) Kirkus Best Children's Books of 2013 ( )
  activelearning | Dec 12, 2013 |
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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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