My Papa Diego and Me/Mi papa Diego y yo: Memories of My Father and His Art/Recuerdos de mi padre y su arte

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Guadalupe Rivera Marín had an unusual childhood, growing up in Mexico amidst some of the world's most famous artwork. Her papá, the artist Diego Rivera, was a larger-than-life figure who created unforgettable images of working people, industrial machines, and life in Mexico. In stories that are tender, funny, delightfully unexpected, and speak directly to the reader, Marín brings to life the world-renowned artist who just happened to be her father. Presented in both English and Spanish and illustrated with rare ...

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Overview

Guadalupe Rivera Marín had an unusual childhood, growing up in Mexico amidst some of the world's most famous artwork. Her papá, the artist Diego Rivera, was a larger-than-life figure who created unforgettable images of working people, industrial machines, and life in Mexico. In stories that are tender, funny, delightfully unexpected, and speak directly to the reader, Marín brings to life the world-renowned artist who just happened to be her father. Presented in both English and Spanish and illustrated with rare family photos and 14 high-quality reproductions of Rivera’s works, this intimate portrait of the great artist enchants readers young and old.

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Publishers Weekly
Through bilingual commentaries on 13 of Rivera's paintings, the artist's daughter provides an anecdotal portrait of her childhood with her father. All of the works feature children and will give readers a sense of Rivera's range as an artist. Several are portraits of the author, and they frequently depict domestic scenarios and Mexican traditions. One novel inclusion is Rivera's cover illustration for the book Fermín (“The story of Fermín was very important to my father. He wanted to show that all children, even those who grow up with very little, can become leaders”); another is a mural he created for the Secretariat of Public Education in Mexico, which portrays conditions that presaged the Mexican Revolution. The visual showstopper, however, is the detail from Rivera's sprawling mural, “Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda,” on the endpapers, a surreal vision of city life that features a cameo by the artist as a boy, a frog and snake peeking out from his pockets. The personalities of father and daughter alike, as well as the vibrancy of Mexican culture, shine brightly in this personal, insightful book. Ages 6–up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Mandy Cruz
Diego Rivera's magnificent portraits are resurrected in this tribute to the author's father. She tells anecdotes that correspond to the picture that her father painted offering insight to her life as the daughter of a revolutionary artist. Diego Rivera loved children she tells us in her introduction, and children are seen throughout the book—children the way he perceived them to be, children seen in the best light possible. He thought children should be cared for and educated the author tells us, and the portraits of children learning recurs, displaying his opinion. This unique look into the life of Diego Rivera is likely to be more attractive to the parent reading the book than the child listening. The artwork is breathtaking and inspiring, and the author gives loving and candid descriptions of the circumstances surrounding the portraits but neither is something a child could fully appreciate. A refreshing perspective of the life of Diego Rivera as seen through the innocent eyes of his daughter is a must for art aficionados everywhere. Reviewer: Mandy Cruz
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5–In this beautiful bilingual picture book, Diego Rivera’s daughter has brought together 14 of her father’s original works with a focus on those depicting children. Each well-reproduced painting is accompanied by a brief discussion describing the historical or cultural details of the time. The author also weaves in her own memories and those of her father, making the book personal yet accessible. The anecdotal nature of the biographical information will help readers form an understanding of the artist’s beliefs and motivations rather than provide detailed events of his life. An introduction and short endnotes give more concrete facts. However, readers looking for more traditional biographies would be better served by Jonah Winter’s Diego (Knopf, 1991), which chronicles the artist’s early life.–Angelica G. Fortin, San Diego County Library, Spring Valley, CA
Kirkus Reviews
A wonderfully unexpected and delightfully accessible personal appreciation of a famous, larger-than-life man, artist and loving father as told by the daughter who now safeguards his works and legacy. Especially notable for its feel of precious family oral history, the author's simple responses to each of Rivera's works are recounted with pleasing, slice-of life warmth and affecting familiarity. While this may not suffice for those who seek a simple, by-the-numbers biography, these considered pairings of Rivera's striking, powerful work with his daughter's childlike voice and memories are a potent combination. Daughter Guadalupe succeeds in pointing out the perfect, child-pleasing details of each painting and delicately limns an ordinary/extraordinary childhood, as Papa Diego was a prodigious artist with powerful impact both within his native Mexico and among social realist painters worldwide. This book serves as a superior introduction to that work and career. The helpful and involving backmatter is particularly well constructed and informed, and family photos add intimacy and intensity. Handsome, engaging and deeply affecting. (Picture book/biography. 6 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892392285
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.32 (w) x 10.56 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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