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A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
Contributor(s): Bryant, Jen, Sweet, Melissa (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0375867120     ISBN-13: 9780375867125
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: January 2013
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Annotation: The creators of the Caldecott Honor-winning A River of Words present a sumptuously 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.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
African American painters; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Painters; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Art
- Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States
Dewey: 759.13
LCCN: 2012003209
Lexile Measure: 610
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards)
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 11.75" H x 9.00" W x 0.75" (0.85 lbs) 40 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 156052
Reading Level: 4.1   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q59752
Reading Level: 3.4   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 3.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s): JEN BRYANT has published poetry, biographies, picture books, and fiction for young readers. Her last picture-book biography collaboration with Melissa Sweet, A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, was a Caldecott Honor Book. Jen lives with her family in southeastern Pennsylvania.

MELISSA SWEET is the Caldecott Honor artist of A River of Words by Jen Bryant, The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra, and Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter, among others. She is also the author-illustrator of Balloons Over Broadway, which was awarded a Robert F. Sibert Medal.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall)
Horace Pippin created dozens of paintings, based on memories from his childhood and experiences in World War I, stories his grandmother had told, stories from the Bible, and scenes he saw around him. Bryant's well-researched, articulate account of Pippin's life is interspersed with direct quotes from him, most of which are embedded directly into Sweet's expressive gouache, watercolor, and collage illustrations. Reading list, websites.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2013 #1)
Horace Pippin drew and painted from an early age, but as the eldest son in a working-class African American family he was not afforded the luxury of pursuing an education or career in art. Instead, beginning at age fourteen he worked a series of menial jobs to help support his family until he enlisted as a soldier in World War I. There, he sketched and recorded what he saw. When he was shot in the right shoulder, he sustained an injury so grave that he was discharged from the army; it also weakened his right arm to such an extent that it ended his ability to draw or paint. But years later he felt inspired to create art, and he realized he could do so if he supported his right hand with his left one. He went on to create dozens of paintings, based on memories from his childhood and wartime experiences, stories his grandmother had told, stories from the Bible, and scenes he saw around him. Bryant's well-researched, articulate account of Pippin's life is interspersed with direct quotes from him, most of which are embedded directly into Sweet's expressive gouache, watercolor, and collage illustrations. Although only five of Pippin's actual paintings are reproduced here (and only on the back endpapers), Sweet includes her own versions of many of them, created in the "simple colors" Pippin was fond of -- black, white, browns, greens, yellows -- but usually including a touch of bright red. kathleen t. horning

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 February #3)

The team behind the Caldecott Honor book A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams returns with a rewarding picture-book biography of self-taught African-American artist Horace Pippin. As a child, Pippin drew pictures at every opportunity, but his family's economic struggles eventually necessitated that he use his "big hands" in many other roles, including "stacking grain sacks at a feed store, shoveling coal at a rail yard," and later serving in WWI. Despite a war injury to his right arm, Pippin adapted in order to continue drawing and painting, eventually leading to recognition and fame in the art world. Sweet's naïf mixed-media collages blend thick, solid color blocks with motifs mined from Pippin's vibrant compositions, which range from war scenes to that of children at play. Quotations from Pippin about the psychological scars of war and his artistic process are hand-drawn into Sweet's images, underscoring how art was not only a joyful outlet for Pippin, but also a vital means of interpreting the world. Ages 5–8. Author's agent: Alyssa Eisner Henkin, Trident Media Group. (Jan.)

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Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

The team behind the Caldecott Honor book A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams returns with a rewarding picture-book biography of self-taught African-American artist Horace Pippin. As a child, Pippin drew pictures at every opportunity, but his family's economic struggles eventually necessitated that he use his "big hands" in many other roles, including "stacking grain sacks at a feed store, shoveling coal at a rail yard," and later serving in WWI. Despite a war injury to his right arm, Pippin adapted in order to continue drawing and painting, eventually leading to recognition and fame in the art world. Sweet's naïf mixed-media collages blend thick, solid color blocks with motifs mined from Pippin's vibrant compositions, which range from war scenes to that of children at play. Quotations from Pippin about the psychological scars of war and his artistic process are hand-drawn into Sweet's images, underscoring how art was not only a joyful outlet for Pippin, but also a vital means of interpreting the world. Ages 5–8. Author's agent: Alyssa Eisner Henkin, Trident Media Group. (Jan.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 January)

Gr 3–6—Born in 1888, grandson of a slave, Pippin loved to draw from an early age. He painted "…every day scenes in natural colors; then he added a splash of red." His classmates often begged, "Make a picture for us, Horace!" When he was in the eighth grade, he quit school and went to work. From rail yard to farm to hotel to factory, his workmates echoed the request, "Make a picture for us…." And when he enlisted in World War I, his fellow soldiers also entreated him to draw. "The war brought out all the art in me." But a bullet to the shoulder rendered his right arm useless and he was unable to find work due to his injury. Still, his drive to draw remained. One day, "using his good arm to move the hurt one, he scorched lines into the wood" to create a picture. With practice, his weak arm improved enough to allow him to paint, and paint he did. N.C. Wyeth recognized his talent and arranged for him to have a one-man exhibit. Today his work hangs in museums all over the country. Bryant's meticulously researched, eloquent text makes this a winning read-aloud, while Sweet's vibrant, folksy illustrations, rendered in watercolor, gouache, and mixed media, portray the joys and hardships of the man's life, using his trademark palette…with just a splash of red. Quotations from his notebooks, letters, and interviews are effectively woven into the pictures.—Barbara Auerbach, PS 217, Brooklyn, NY

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