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Winner of the 2012 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award
A simple picture-book biography of Diego Rivera concentrates on his artistic career and encourages children to imagine themselves painting their own world.
Tonatiuh moves quickly through Rivera's childhood and early career, concentrating on the artist's murals and their inspirations. Clear language contextualizes the artist: In Spain, "he learned the classical way to paint, which means the finished paintings looked very realistic, almost like photographs," but then in France, "he met young artists who were painting in new and exciting ways." Without belaboring the point, the author honors Rivera's politics as well as his love of his homeland. (Notably and appropriately absent is any mention of Rivera's problematic personal life.) Like his subject, Tonatiuh celebrates his ethnic heritage with brown-skinned, muscular, stylized figures. His shapes have an elemental look to them; heads are virtually round, and lines are clean and straight. Digital coloring adds both texture and whimsy. Concluding, he suggests that if Rivera "were alive today," he might "paint students at their desks... / ... just as he painted factory workers in the production line." By establishing a link between modern readers and Rivera and challenging them to "make our own murals," the author makes art both aspiration and action.
Both solid introduction and exhortation, this book will thrill budding artists. (glossary, author's note, bibliography, lists of museums and paintings) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)
Posted November 26, 2012
Duncan Tonatiuh's writing and illustrating style is so captivating! Diego Rivera: His World and Ours was an amazing picture book! Bringing illustrations and digital pictures together is a great way to introduce the new age version of children's literature. Diego Rivera was packed with rich culture as it took a look at Diego Rivera's and Mexico’s history. Tonatiuh has easy to understand text and illustrations but they are also very intriguing as well. This book is an awesome read to help realize similarities between cultures.
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Posted November 26, 2012
This book shows how passionate Rivera is about art and paintings. The pictures were excellent. I really enjoyed reading this book and is a must read for students kindergarten and up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 26, 2012
This energetic picture book Tonatiuh introduces readers to a young Diego Rivera. Diego Rivera was one of the most popular painters of the twentieth century and depicted historical events of Mexican history. Tonatiuh shows how Diego was a rambunctious little boy with a talent for art. He goes on to depict and define the styles of art that he experimented with and what he would paint today. The pictures in the book greatly add to the story and make the Life of Diego Rivera more available to young readers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 25, 2012
I felt this picture book was beautifully illustrated. I loved the colors and drawings of the pictures in the book. I enjoyed how this book did a mini biography on Diego Rivera and his love for art. I also enjoyed how they incorperated what he may have done today and combined our world today.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 29, 2012
This beautifully illustrated picture book introduces the Mexican painter and activist Diego Rivera to young children. All the artwork Tonatiuh does in this book represents his own personal interpretation of Rivera's work. He draws all his pictures with a mayan look to them. The big question addressed in this book is what style of paintings would Diego Rivera use today? Tonatiuh beautifully contrasts contemporary Mexican life with past Mexican life. This book follows Rivera across seas as he studies art and painting. Rivera's art was often done like a mural on sides of buildings in Mexico that way all could see. The colors and details in all the pictures are wonderful, making this book a deserving recipient of the 2012 Pura Belpre Award for illustration. This book is an excellent multi-cultural read and brings the art style of Mexico to life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 22, 2012
WOULDN'T IT BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT DIEGO RIVERA'S PAINTING STYLES WOULD BE LIKE TODAY IF HE WERE STILL ALIVE? I HAD NEVER HEARD OF DIEGO RIVERA UNTIL I READ THIS THOMAS RIVERA MEXICAN AMERICAN CHILDRENS BOOK AWARD WINNER BY DUNCAN TONATIUH. THIS VIBRANT COLORED PICTURE BOOK IS OUTSTANDING. NOT ONLY DOES TONATIUH INCLUDE SOME OF RIVERA'S PAINTING STYLES, HE ALSO GIVES US RIVERA'S INSPIRATION FOR CHOOSING THESE STYLES. WHEN RIVERA WAS A YOUNG BOY HE LOVED DRAWING. HE TRAVELED ALL OVER THE WORLD STUDYING ART IN DIFFERENT CULTURES. HE LEARNED HOW TO PAINT WHILE HE WAS IN SPAIN AND AND WHILE HE WAS IN MEXICO HE LEARNED HOW TO PAINT MURALS. RIVERA USED HIS KNOWLEDGE OF CLASSICAL PAINTING AND NEW STYLES THAT HE HAD LEARNED WHILE TRAVELING; AND HE MIXED THEM TOGETHER. HE DID A LOT OF HISTORICAL PAINTINGS THAT HAD TO DO WITH HIS MEXICAN CULTURE. AND THAT LEADS TO THE BIG QUESTION, IF HE WERE STILL ALIVE, WHAT WOULD HIS PAINTINGS BE LIKE? i HOPE YOU ENJOY THIS BOOK AS MUCH AS I HAVE.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 9, 2012
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