Picture Book Biography: A Splash of Red

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet has been landing on a lot of “Best of 2013” lists (New York Library, for example) and for good reason.


First of all, Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet are an experienced team. They worked together on the Caldecott winner, A River of Words:  The Story of William Carlos Williams. Secondly, Horace Pippin’s life is inspirational. He overcame great adversity, including losing the use of his right arm, to go on to produce museum-quality folk art. When you add it all up, this is a picture book biography that should be on your radar.

Want to learn more? Our full review is at Wrapped in Foil.

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