Frieda is given a class assignment to write about a famous artist. She picks her namesake Frieda Kahlo, a famous Mexican artist. Frieda was born in 1907. She had polio when she was a child. As a young adult she was involved in a serious bus accident and spent two years in bed. Her mother gave her some paints and put a mirror up over her bed. During that time she painted twenty-four paintings of herself, her sisters and friends. When she got better, she took some of her paintings to Diego Rivera. She wanted to know what he thought of them. Diego not only liked the paintings, they were married two years later. Diego was one of Mexico's most famous painters and together they traveled all over the world. In 1941 Diego and Frieda moved into the house where Frieda had been born. Frieda loved to decorate the house as much as she liked to decorate herself. In 1953 Frieda had a solo exhibit, the first woman to do so in Mexico. She died the next year. She had lived with a lot of pain during her life, and her paintings reflected her suffering. Illustrations include reproductions of Frieda's paintings, photographs of her and Diego, and Tomie dePaola's signature images. 2003, Grosset & Dunlap, Ages 8 to 12.
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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.
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)