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A Splash of Red
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JEN BRYANT has published poetry, biographies, picture books, and fiction for young readers. Her last picture-book biography collaboration with Melissa Sweet, A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, was a Caldecott Honor Book. Jen lives with her family in southeastern Pennsylvania. MELISSA SWEET is the Caldecott Honor artist of A River of Words by Jen Bryant, The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra, and Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter, among others. She is also the author-illustrator of Balloons Over Broadway, which was awarded a Robert F. Sibert Medal.

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Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, February 18, 2013: "Quotations from Pippin about the psychological scars of war and his artistic process are hand-drawn into Sweet's images, underscoring how art was not only a joyful outlet for Pippin, but also a vital means of interpreting the world." Starred Review, School Library Journal, January 1, 2013: "Bryant's meticulously researched, eloquent text makes this a winning read-aloud, while Sweet's vibrant, folksy illustrations, rendered in watercolor, gouache, and mixed media, portray the joys and hardships of the man's life, using his trademark palette...with just a splash of red." Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2012: "This outstanding portrait of African-American artist Horace Pippin (1888-1946) allows Pippin's work to shine--and his heart too." Starred Review, Booklist, November 1, 2012: ..".a well-structured narrative with recurring themes and a highly accessible style...outstanding." From the Hardcover edition. Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, February 18, 2013: Quotations from Pippin about the psychological scars of war and his artistic process are hand-drawn into Sweet's images, underscoring how art was not only a joyful outlet for Pippin, but also a vital means of interpreting the world. Starred Review, School Library Journal, January 1, 2013: Bryant s meticulously researched, eloquent text makes this a winning read-aloud, while Sweet s vibrant, folksy illustrations, rendered in watercolor, gouache, and mixed media, portray the joys and hardships of the man s life, using his trademark palette with just a splash of red. Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2012: This outstanding portrait of African-American artist Horace Pippin (1888-1946) allows Pippin s work to shine and his heart too. Starred Review, Booklist, November 1, 2012: a well-structured narrative with recurring themes and a highly accessible style outstanding. "From the Hardcover edition."" Starred Review, School Library Journal, January 1, 2013: "Bryant's meticulously researched, eloquent text makes this a winning read-aloud, while Sweet's vibrant, folksy illustrations, rendered in watercolor, gouache, and mixed media, portray the joys and hardships of the man's life, using his trademark palette...with just a splash of red." Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2012: "This outstanding portrait of African-American artist Horace Pippin (1888-1946) allows Pippin's work to shine--and his heart too." Starred Review, Booklist, November 1, 2012: ."..a well-structured narrative with recurring themes and a highly accessible style...outstanding." "From the Hardcover edition." Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2012: "This outstanding portrait of African-American artist Horace Pippin (1888-1946) allows Pippin's work to shine--and his heart too." Starred Review, Booklist, November 1, 2012: ."..a well-structured narrative with recurring themes and a highly accessible style...outstanding." Starred Review, Booklist, November 1, 2012: ."..a well-structured narrative with recurring themes and a highly accessible style...outstanding."

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