February 22 Birthday: A SPLASH OF RED: THE LIFE AND ART OF HORACE PIPPIN

Horace Pippin, artist
February 22, 1888 – July 6, 1946

A SPLASH OF RED: THE LIFE AND ART OF HORACE PIPPIN by Jen Bryant. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet (Random House, 2013)

As a child in the late 1800s, Horace Pippin loved to draw: He
loved the feel of the charcoal as it slid across the floor. He loved
looking at something in the room and making it come alive again in front
of him.
He drew pictures for his sisters, his classmates, his
co-workers. Even during W.W.I, Horace filled his notebooks with drawings
from the trenches . . . until he was shot. Upon his return home, Horace
couldn’t lift his right arm, and couldn’t make any art. Slowly, with
lots of practice, he regained use of his arm, until once again, he was
able to paint—and paint, and paint! Soon, people—including the famous
painter N. C. Wyeth—started noticing Horace’s art, and before long, his
paintings were displayed in galleries and museums across the country.

February 22 Birthday: THE HOUSE THAT GEORGE BUILT. George Washington

George Washington- First U.S. President
Feb. 22, 1832 – Dec. 14, 1799

The House That George Built by Suzanne Slade. Illustrated by Rebecca Bond (Charlesbridge, 2012)

In
lively prose, The House That George Built recounts George Washington’s
quest to build a house for all future presidents to reside in, The White
House. He chose the spot, held a contest for best designs, and
supervised every step of the eight-year project. Ironically, George
Washington was the only U.S. President to never occupy the house.
In
addition to the well-crafted and succinct prose, the pages include a
fun, progressive poem, mirroring the structure of “The House that Jack
Built.”

The White House Historical Association website offers additional kid-friendly information about The White House. 

February 22: GEORGE WASHINGTON’S TEETH

George Washington, U.S. President
Feb. 22, 1732-Dec. 14, 1799

George Washington’s Teeth by Deborah Chandra & Madelaine Comora, illustrated by Brock Cole (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2007)

Told
in funny verse, the tale of George Washington and his rotten teeth
based on Washington’s letters, diaries and other historical records. By
the time he was elected President of the United States he only had two
teeth left.