by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Rating: 5 stars
This is a really neat nonfiction book about artist Horace Pippen (and illustrated by super talented Caldecott winner Melissa Sweet) that I reviewed a while ago for a local mag, the Washington Family Magazine:
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippen provides just the kind of story I want my children to see, read, and have in their heads and hearts for years.
Here's the story: Horace Pippen was born in West Chester, PA, in 1888. He grew up in a large family where no one had much and everyone helped out. From a young age, he loved to draw. “If he could find a scrap of paper and a piece of charcoal, he drew pictures of what he’d seen that day.” By looking around to what was available to him, Horace made scenes and people come alive on his paper.
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