A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
Written By: Jen Bryant
Illustrated By: Melissa Sweet
Published: Knopf Book for Young Readers – New York, NY, January 8th, 2013
Awards: Robert F. Sibert Honor Book – 2014, Schneider Family Book Award – 2014, An ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book, and Winner of the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
Themes: As the true story of Horace Pippin is detailed we find themes of disability, overcoming that disability, and finding the positives within times of despair.
Summary: From the beginning of his life Horace Pippin has always loved to draw. Drawing with anything and everything he could get his hands on. From drawing for his family, classmates, and his fellow soldiers when he goes to war – everyone wants Horace to draw. However, a tragic accident plagues Horace’s ability to draw and work. Through much determination we find out if Horace’s perseverance pays off in the end.
Response: How might you use this book in the social studies, science, or mathematics curriculum? Write about a specific activity you might do that relates to the content of this book.
Straying a bit away from this prompt, I feel that I would use this text in an art classroom or with an art curriculum. This book is powerful in its amount of factual information – detailing the life of Horace Pippin. I, in my limited experience, have not found many factual picture books that apply to a non-American artist. As well, it has a powerful and worthwhile message that all student could use, apply, and learn from in the real world.