The companion to the author's book, Diego identifies the tragedies and suffering that Frida Kahlo overcame throughout her life by using her skill as an artist to express her pain and depression--and eventually, her joys and triumphs. Simultaneous.
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Jonah Winter has written many exciting picture book biographies for children, with subjects that include Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Barack Obama, and Dizzy Gillespie. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA.
Ana Juan illustrated FRIDA, Jonah Winter's picture book biography of Frida Kahlo, which was an ALA Notable Book and received an Americas Honor Award. She also received the Ezra Jack Keats award for THE NIGHT EATER, her first book as author-illustrator. She lives in Madrid, Spain.
Grade 2-5-This picture-book biography of the Mexican-born artist captures the essence of her difficult life and her triumph as a painter. Written in present tense, the story has immediacy, and the magnificent full-page acrylic illustrations cry out with emotion, as is befitting the work of a passionate artist. Kahlo, often lonely, had an active fantasy life, fueled by her creation of an imaginary friend and her exposure to the work of her artist father. Stricken with polio at age seven, she turned to drawing as her solace; years later when a bus accident nearly claimed her life, art again distracted her. While the simply told yet poignant story is inspiring, the true strength of this book lies in Juan's incredible illustrations. Their brilliant colors and expressionistic style convey the sense of daring and the excitement that Kahlo demonstrated both in her zest for life and in her splendid work. Figures familiar to the artist from Mexican folklore abound and their playfulness as they dance from page to page underscores the woman's artistic spirit. Her story is sure to be an inspiration, particularly to youngsters who see life differently from their peers and who dare to express these differences in artistic ways. A bold, successful attempt at incorporating the feel of the artist's own style into an explanation of her life.
Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
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Descripción Scholastic, 2002. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Spanish. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0439373085
Descripción Scholastic, 2002. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110439373085