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

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A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award

An ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book

Winner of the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children

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 ag
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We enjoyed this beautifully illustrated book about the life of Horace Pippin! Sometimes when we finish reading a really good book, we head right over to Google to investigate further. We think Horace Pippin was a great artist! We admire his perseverance and courage. We think everyone should google Horace Pippin today and get to know the work of this truly great self-taught American painter! This book gets a unanimous five stars from The Eggers!
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
I love Jen Bryant's picture book biographies with Melissa Sweet's mixed media illustrations. These ladies, who won the Caldecott Honor for A River Of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, are almost peerless in their genre. I was so excited when I saw they were collaborating on a book about the self-taught African American artist Horace Pippin. I discovered Pippin's art in the early 1990's, with the help of another book, I Tell My Heart: The Art of Horace Pippin, by Judith Stein. I immedi ...more
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin is a well-researched picturebook biography of an esteemed self-taught African-American painter:

Since I knew nothing about Horace Pippin or his art before, I appreciated Jen Bryant's informative narrative. However, her writing in A Splash of Red is not the most engaging.

Melissa Sweet's boldly colored mixed media illustrations, on the other hand, are as beautiful and original as ever:

Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Audience: Primary
Genre: Non-Fiction/Informational
Book Talk...
Have you ever known a person who never gave up on his/her talents?
A Splash of Red is a story of one such person. Horace Pippin was destined for greatness. He was born on George Washington's birthday. He had an amazing talent for art and everyone in his family and neighborhood knew it. But, WW I began, and Horace does his part with grave consequences. A Splash of Red is an inspiration to us all as we search to find our way in this world
Review of Nonprint: OverDrive-ebook
Suggested Grade Levels: 1st-5th grade.
Genre: Informational Biography-Picture Book
Historical Topic: Horace Pippin Artist
Themes: Perseverance and Dedication
Awards: A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book, Schneider Family Book Award and many more.

This is the story of the artist, Horace Pippin. From little on he loved to create art. He would draw with the left over charcoal on the floor of his house. He even sent a picture into a local magazine for a contest and won. This i
A gorgeous picture book about the life of Horace Pippin. Like many artists, he grew up loving to draw. He drew and painted pictures for friends. While fighting in World War I, his shoulder was wounded and he could no longer paint without the control and same movement of his right hand. After some time, Horace realized that he wanted to make art so badly that he'd try to work around his injury. By holding his injured hand, he made art and eventually his artwork became famous.

This was a very posi
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
A picture book bio about self-taught painter Horace Pippin. His life and the beginnings of his art are paralleled and his world is brought to life through Sweet's watercolor, gouache, and collage artwork. Both an author and illustrator's note follows the story and a further reading list, film reference, website list, and quotation sources are included.

Every inch of the book is jam-packed with information including the title page which includes a reproduction of one of Pippin's biblical paintings
Penny Peck
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-ya
Picture book biographies are always welcome but this one has something extra that makes it memorable, focusing on a person that will resonate after reading. Although the text is relatively brief, it contains quite a bit of information on African-American painter Horace Pippin, from his youth, to his service in WWI, to his later success as a painter. The clipped sentences are perfect for the subject matter, including his WWI injury and slow recovery: "One day, he climbed to the top of the trench. ...more
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful biography of a painting I'd never heard of. Horace Pippin was an African American WWI veteran from West Chester, PA (my wife's old home turf) who was discovered by NC Wyeth. The book is gorgeously illustrated and Jen Bryant's prose tells the story of Pippin's life and career concisely and interestingly.

There seems to be a growing number of books like this, biographies of artists told in a picture book format. Most of these do an excellent job of having form meet function; thi
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an interesting book that was very creatively put put together. Great read.
Leah Johns
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin" By: Jen Bryant is a phenomenal read. "A Splash of Red" highlights Horace Pippins life in a way that captures the essence of his artwork. In this quick 15 minute read, we follow Horace from his birth, watching as he begins to spark an interest in art, through hard times, his wedding, to his art debut. The text allows you to empathize with Pippin while reading about the obstacles that arose in his life and art career. As a little girl I loved be ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a boy names Horace that grew so fast. His grandma tells him the the biggest part of him was inside. Horace did lots of favors for lots of people. If he had time, he would draw with charcoal. He loved to draw his pets. Horace drew pictures for his class and they loved it. He was always drawing. Horace entered a contest for drawing and won an art supplies box! He later on joined the army and continued to draw even during battle. He was wounded in the war and the bullet b
Kaitlin Cornelius
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. I have had a love for artists my entire life and love to view art. It gives me an insight into the mind of an artist and takes me to another world. I did not know much about Horace Pippen before reading this book but now I do. In the book he knew that he loved art and shared his talent with the people around him. He never expected to be a famous artist, especially after he was injured.

I would absolutely use this book in my classroom. The illustrations were very cute and vis
Karly Kruse
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Splash of Red is about an artist named Horace Pippin, and his journey through out his artistic career. This book has remarkable illustrations that bring you through Horace's' life story. This book can provide a teacher with many outstanding lessons on things such as, Black History Month, Creative Arts, Geography, war, etc. This book is aesthetically pleasing to look at and a great read.
Chrissi Guarnieri
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin is a lovely book. The true story is one I wasn't familiar with, but as someone who loves to paint it touched me. Pippin overcame a physical disability caused by a gun-shot wound in WWI and did what he loved, painting. He painted scenes from his childhood, and memories of the war. This book is informative, the illustrations are collage and watercolor and absolutely delightful in their almost childlike style.
Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
Richie Partington
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A SPLASH OF RED: THE LIFE AND ART OF HORACE PIPPIN by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet, ill., Knopf, January 2013, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-375-86712-5

"I marched to the battle of the German trench
In a war that was bound to end all wars"
-- Phil Ochs

"I can never forget suffering and I will never forget sunset. I came home with all of it in my mind."
-- Horace Pippin

Do you know who I suddenly now have even more respect for? Walt Disney. Why?

"...Because we like you!

No. Seriously. Because Disney w
Taylor Head
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Splash of Red by Jennifer Bryant:

As a child, I never really enjoyed learning about historical figures or history in general; however, I feel that had I read more books like this one in school, I would have enjoyed it much more. While reading this story of Horace Pippin and his life, I found that I could not put the book down. I experienced a level of enjoyment I haven’t had in the past while learning about a historical figure. The lightness of the story and beautiful artwork made this story fu
Jamie Therriault
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Estimate of age level of interest: k-6th grade
Estimate of reading level: 2nd-5th

Brief Description: Horace is a hard worker in a big family. He loves to create art form an early age. Although faced with challenges, Horace learns to overcome them, and doesn't give up on his dreams.

Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre and discuss how they appear in your book:
This story is a nonfiction biography. Nonfiction books give the reader true facts and information; they inform. Bi
Lisa Lathrop
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
1.) "Sky Color" by Peter Reynolds, 2012

2.) "A Splash of Red" is a picture book biography of Horace Pippin, an African-American artist. "Sky Color" is a picture book about a girl who loves to paint.

3.) Iext structures used: description (provides information about Frida, her background and new place of residence), compare/contrast (San Francisco is unlike Mexico), problem/solution (Frida feels inferior to Diego's talent and people's perception of her own; creates a painting that receives nation
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin/ Jen Bryant / 2013

Genre: Picture Book Non-Fiction

Format: Book

Summary: 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 sho
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was awarded the Schneider Award in 2014 for it's ability to shed light on the positives of having a disability. Horace Pippin always loved to paint. When Horace is forced to go into the army, he must put his dreams of becoming an artist on hold in order to serve his country. While serving in the army, Horace is injured and he is unable to lift and move his arm. This causes a problem for him because his love has always been painting. That doesn't stop Horace though, and he fights to con ...more
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: info-bios
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant
Grade level: K-3
Theme(s): Art, Biography, determination

Horace Pippin was a self-taught artist, who loved to paint and draw. As a little boy people would always say, “Make a picture for us Horace” and he would do it. One day he entered an art contest and won his first set of art supplies; before winning, he used charcoal to draw with. He created pictures of things he imagined and of everyday scenery. When Horace got older he joined
Mary Ann
Born over 100 years ago, Horace Pippin loved to draw as a child - everyone asked him to draw pictures for them. But life threw many hard times Horace's way. He quit school after eighth grade to work and support his family. He fought valiantly in World War I, but he was wounded and never regained full use of his right arm. When he returned home, Horace's "fingers itched to draw all the colors and textures he saw," but his right arm was too weak to lift.

Bryant shows young readers how Pippin, throu
Another winner from a fabulous author-illustrator team, this picture book biography about Horace Pippin highlights another one of those little-known artists who deserve a lot more recognition than they received when they were alive. This self-taught folk artist who enjoyed completing his pictures with a bit of red began drawing at an early age, drawing inspiration from the scenes around him and often depicting individuals at work. After an injury during WWI, he could no longer use his right arm ...more
Kristen Carson
Book Information:
The genre of this book is historical fiction and the reading level is ages 5-8 years old.
This book is about a boy named Horace Pippin. He loves to draw and he is really good at it. He drew things for everyone in his town and loved making people happy with his drawings. He worked many different jobs growing up because he was strong with big hands. When the war came, he was sent to fight for his county. In the war he is shot and injured in his arm. The arm he uses to draw.
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It is a biography of Horace Pippin, an artist that I was unfamiliar with, but also a bit of a 'coming of age' book too as Horace tries different occupations before and after the war before coming to the fact that he is, indeed, an artist. I enjoyed that the protagonist happens to be of African heritage, and have since noticed that this informed his work. I also enjoyed that Pippin was able to persevere over the wound that he got during the war that originally he thought woul ...more
Marissa Hancock
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. It is a nonfiction children's book. It has the perfect mixture of essentials needed to make a good book. I love the way the history of the war ties in with Horace's art. I would love to have this book in my classroom. It will give my students a desire to be creative no matter the circumstances. We always love when children can express themselves to their fullest potential and this book will help trigger that!
Laura Siegel
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written and illustrated book about the artistic life of Harold Pippin, who despite a a war injury to his right arm, went on to become an established folk artist. He was discovered at age 49 by the artist N.C Wyatt. Delightful bio of Pippin at the end. Anxious to read more by this author and illustrator.
Bryant's words and Sweet's gauche, pencil, and collage capture Pippin's artistic spirit -- not fussy, not contrived, insightful, and spare. Author-artist notes and bibliography describe their collaborative research process.
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am a big Melissa Sweet fan and these illustrations that include water color, gouache, and collage don't disappoint. Horace Pippin's life story and late rise to fame as an artist is an inspiring one.
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Jen Bryant writes picture books, novels and poems for readers of all ages. Her biographical picture book: A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, illustrated by Melissa Sweet,received a Caldecott Honor award and her historical novel in verse RINGSIDE 1925: Views from the Scopes Trial is an Oprah Recommended Book for ages 12 & up. Other titles include Pieces of Georgia (IRA Youn ...more
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