Frida Kahlo: The Artist who Painted Herself

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Through original artwork by the renowned artist Tomie dePaola-a longtime aficionado of Frida Kahlo's work-as well as beautiful reproductions of Kahlo's paintings, this latest Smart About book explores the creative, imaginative world of Mexico's most celebrated female artist.

Biography of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, written as a child's school report.

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Overview

Through original artwork by the renowned artist Tomie dePaola-a longtime aficionado of Frida Kahlo's work-as well as beautiful reproductions of Kahlo's paintings, this latest Smart About book explores the creative, imaginative world of Mexico's most celebrated female artist.

Biography of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, written as a child's school report.

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School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-This picture-book biography is a good way to introduce youngsters to this avant-garde Mexican painter. Told from the viewpoint of a girl who is doing a report on the famous artist, Kahlo's story is clear, concise, and accessible. All of the basic facts are here, along with many personal details that enliven the narrative. Frith does a particularly good job of explaining artistic terms within the text, and she also focuses on qualities that make Kahlo's work unique. The book concludes with three questions that the student would ask the artist if she could-a great technique for prompting children to do more research on this fascinating painter. The well-written prose is beautifully complemented both by photos of Kahlo and of some of her best-known paintings and by dePaola's splendid trademark illustrations, all set against vividly colored backgrounds. Many of the colors used are those found in Kahlo's own works. The tone of dePaola's paintings varies from humorous to realistic, showcasing his ability to reveal both the light and more serious sides of his subject. His use of color and patterned "frames" gives each illustration a vivacity that underscores Kahlo's own zest for life. Written for a slightly older audience than Jonah Winter's Frida (Scholastic, 2002), this is a fine choice for all libraries.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The Mexican painter Frida Kahlo is a surprisingly popular subject for young people. This engaging essay is written as if it were a school report by a girl named Frieda and illustrated not only with reproductions of Kahlo's own paintings but with scenes from her life imagined by the inimitable dePaola. He uses borders and backgrounds in Kahlo's colors to intensify the text to good effect. Kahlo's poor health, her self-absorption, her marriage to the muralist Diego Rivera are all reported as a child might actually research them, and the student's voice is sharp and clear. Frith's straightforward presentation of Kahlo's passionate and unusual way of seeing the whole world in her self-portraits is commendable. If only some sort of bibliography or notes were included to aid Frieda's fellow researchers. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448426778
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 8/11/2003
  • Series: Smart About Art Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 170,692
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    I highly recommend this book to children and adults too. Our family are huge Tomie dePaola fans. Frida Kahlo is one of my favorite artists. I have seen her exhibit many times and noticed this book, which sold out instantly. I went to my favorite website, barnesandnoble.com and there it was. My daughter loves the book and so do I!

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