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A Splash of Red by Jen Bryant
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Great for reading aloud to k-2. Bryant tells the story of a young boy (and then man) whose obligations frequently got in the way of his art and yet he found time to be an artist AND those around him wanted to see his art. There's a repetitive phrase "Make a picture for us!" the ____ (classmates, sisters, workers, etc) said. And Horace did." The use of this repetitive phrase gets at the power of art for Horace and for other people in his world. Sweet's illustrations are invitingly complex, worthy of looking at closely to see how she incorporated her research on Pippin into her own art.

1) Read aloud the book for the pure joy of learning about Horace Pippin.
2) Read aloud again, pausing at a few places to ask students higher-level thinking questions that delve into the type of person Horace Pippin was like
*What do these first two pages about WWI reveal about the what Horace was experiencing?
How do you think he felt? What makes you think so?
*How does the author reveal that Pippin was a hard worker before the war? After the war?
*How does he work hard to overcome his injury and draw again? What does this say about him?
3) Read aloud and focus on the author's use of language or Sweet's integration of Pippin's words. What did Pippin mean when he said, "The war brought out all the art in me"? Why do you think Bryant uses the repetitive phrase "Make a picture for us...and Horace did"? How do Pippin's "big hands" play an important part in this narrative?

Don't skip the author's and illustrator's notes at the end! Bryant and Sweet explain their research which is important to think about if readers are pondering the accuracy and authority of the text.

Robert Sibert Honor Book
Schneider Family Book Award
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Reading Progress

September 1, 2019 – Started Reading
September 1, 2019 – Shelved
September 1, 2019 – Shelved as: prek-2-nonfiction-read-aloud
September 1, 2019 – Shelved as: award-winning-nonfiction
September 1, 2019 – Shelved as: bio-visual-artist
September 1, 2019 – Shelved as: bio-award-winners
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