Children's LiteraturePart of the "A Proud Heritage The Hispanic Library" series, this slim volume succeeds in giving young readers a vivid portrait of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's life and work. Enhanced by many color and black and white photos and reproductions of her work, four chapters cover Frida's life from her childhood in Mexico City, her life-changing accident and her birth as an artist, through growth and changes in her art and life, to her deteriorating health and unconquerable talent and spirit. Inserts provide background information on Mexican history, culture and her husband, mentor and friend, Diego Rivera. His presence and influence is present throughout the book, and the author is especially adept at describing their loving, but stormy relationship in a way that younger readers can understand. While the vocabulary and design of the book is very accessible, the author does not talk down to her readers and while she emphasizes Frida's triumphs, she does not ignore her tragedies. An index, glossary, timeline and further information section are included. This book would be very useful for reports and browsing. 2004, The Child's World, Ages 8 to 12.
Gisela Jernigan, Ph.D.