Title: A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
Author: Jen Bryant
Illustrator: Melissa Sweet
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
Reviewed by: Sarah H., Grade II/III
A boy named Horace Pippin loved to draw, but his family didn't have enough money to buy him any art supplies. One day Horace saw a picture in a magazine that said, “Draw Me! And Win A Prize.” He drew it perfectly. A few days later a package came. Horace opened it and it said, “Congratulations!” and had art supplies. He outlined a picture with charcoal and painted it and added a splash of red. Everybody asked him to paint pictures for them and so he did. When he was older he went to war in Germany, and was shot in his right arm. He had to figure out how to still draw. Horace Pippin became an amazing artist even though he had to overcome many challenges.
This story took place in the past from 1888 until the middle of the 1900s, and was mostly in the United States, including West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Horace Pippin was born on February 22, 1888. When he was at war it took about 3 years for the war to be over. He hurts his arm and learns that he can still draw and paint.
The pictures are very pretty they really helped to describe the words. The pictures are important because Horace Pippin was an artist, and we get to see his artwork.
I would recommend this book to kids who love art and to anyone who loves to read. I especially liked that it was about a real person who overcame his challenges.
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