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

by Jen Bryant

Other authors: Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)

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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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This book would be suitable for students in intermediate school because it has a lot of different colors and a good amount of text. In the book, Horace learns how to create beautiful paintings and learns to regain his strength in his right arm and how to paint after being injured in the war. This would be a good book for a read aloud and if children are interested in art.
  sprys02 | Feb 9, 2022 |
PK-5
Schneider Family Book Award 2004-2021
Orbis Pictus Award 2000-2021
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal 2001-2021
  NyNy_ | Nov 23, 2021 |
I think this book would be great for lower elementary students. This book walks you through the life of Horace and the impact that art had on him through his time in the army, coming back from being wounded at war, to becoming an artist to hang his work around the city. This informational text brings to life the story of someone through not only words but pictures and personal notes. ( )
  EmilyMcDonald | Apr 12, 2021 |
Author Jen Bryant and illustrator Melissa Sweet, who also collaborated on the picture-book biographies The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus and A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, return to the form in this wonderful examination of the life of African-American artist Horace Pippin. Born on Washington's birthday - January 22nd - in 1888, in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Pippin discovered his love for making pictures at an early age, winning an art contest when he was eight. Whatever else he was doing - and he had to work many different kinds of jobs, to help his family - he was always making art. Injured while serving in World War I - he was awarded the French Croix de Guerre and the Purple Heart - he returned home with a right arm that was almost useless. Slowly, through hard work and determination, he trained himself to use this arm again, continuing to make his paintings. Eventually, his work was discovered and promoted by such figures as painter N.C. Wyeth, and he went on to become a well-known painter...

I am so very glad that I picked up A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, as I had not previously heard of this artist, but will now seek out more of his work. His life story is certainly inspirational, as he battled all sorts of disadvantages and challenges - poverty, racial discrimination, the physical and psychological wounds of war - in order to go on making his art. I would certainly like to know more about him, and about his work. Jen Bryant's text here is simple but informative, and is paired with Sweet's appealing, mixed-media artwork, which incorporates quotations from Pippin himself. The back matter contains more information about Pippin, as well as notes from the author and illustrator, and lists of further reading ideas and other online resources. I was interested to see, from the notes, that Bryant and Sweet worked together on this, while doing their research, as this is quite atypical in contemporary American picture-book production, where the author and artist often times have no communication. This collaborative method certainly has produced a wonderful result here! Recommended to young art lovers, and to picture-book readers looking for stories about artists, about people overcoming challenges, or about veterans and their post-war experiences. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Feb 20, 2021 |
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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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