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About the Author

Duncan Tonatiuh was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He is a recent graduate of Parsons the New School for Design in New York City, where he studied writing and illustration. His first book, Dear Primo, was published in spring 2010. He divides his time between New York City and Mexico.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 1040L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810997312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810997318
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DAC VINE VOICE on May 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Along with introducing Digeo Rivera and his work to readers, the author touches upon styles used. Such as classical and cubism. Defining both easily into the text.

"Diego went to Paris, the captial of France. There he met young artists who were painting in new and exciting ways. He experimented with these new methods of painting himself. One method was called Cubism, in which the painting did not exactly resemble its subject but was composed of geometric shapes such as squares, circles and triangles."

The first half, His World, is about Diego Rivera. In the second half Tonatiuth wonders what Rivera would paint if he was alive today. I love the then and now comparisons.

"Or would he paint the luchadores wrestling in their costumes. just as he painted the Aztec warriors fighting the invading soldiers. The Spanish conquistadores?"

I love Tonatiuh's artistic style. The more I look at it the more I appreiciate it. And I can't stop looking.

This biography stands out because of the great back matter. The one page author's note includes all the facts about Diego Rivera that couldn't fit in the text. There's also a glossary of words and references. Mural and Quetzalcoatl are two of the terms defined.

There are a few children's biographies about Diego Rivera . Tonatiuh's sophomore release is a great addition, with it's own personal distinctions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy Snyder on May 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is a wonderfully illustrated story through Diego Rivera's life simplified for a young child's perspective. Since Diego Rivera is one of the most famous painters of the twentieth century, it is important for children to have a grasp on his importance and contributions to our world. I enjoyed the illustrations as they would appeal strongly to a younger audience. I did not like that there were so many large words in the books since it would make it difficult for younger children to read. I liked how at the end of the book they made it into a book about what Diego Rivera would be doing if he was living now. This makes readers practice critical thinking skills and children can ask themselves and become aware of the possibilities they have and that he had, and how ultimately, they are not very different! I would enjoy reading this to a young child for it's creative outlook on an important historical individual.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SammyJean on May 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
In this book we read about the story of Diego Rivera. An amazing, famous painter. This book shows a lot about history, customs and ancient mexican civilization. It shows his excellent work and the kinds of things Deigo would see in Mexico. The stuggles, traditions, culture and land. Very excellent book to read in the classroom to young children. Being that it's showing his world and ours. If i learned a lot from it so will they. The book is easy to follow and pictures are amazing.

One of my favorite parts in the story was when the book was comparing the past to the present. For example students at their desk now on computers is like factory workers in the producton line back then. Students are able to make a comparison on what it was like back then. Students now dont understand how easy they now have it, it was tough growing up many centuries ago.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Calli on November 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book introduces a popular artist, Diego Rivera, to young readers. It tells the story of young Diego's life and of his passion for art. The book starts off by telling us of Rivera's growing love of art as he gets older. Diego traveled to many places and studied art; he learned new techniques and different methods of painting. The book then describes that his art depicts the Mexican culture through murals. I liked this book because of all the interesting things that he had done while he was so young. I think it is awesome to accomplish so much and to see the world while doing it.
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Format: Hardcover
This endearing book introduces Diego Rivera to young readers by taking them on a journey through his lifetime's work. It tells the story of Diego as a young, mischievous boy who demonstrated a clear passion for art and then went on to become one of the most famous painters in the world. Tonatiuh uses key moments in Rivera's life and wonders how he would translate it to modern times if he were alive today. One image that I enjoyed the most showed dynamic, brightly lit luchadores (professional wrestlers) paired with a scene of Aztec warriors and conquistadores.
Throughout the story we see stylized brown figures shown in profile with open mouths, exaggerated features, and heads that seem hinged to the bodies. One student pointed out, "their ears are made from two swirls." Tonatiuh uses the artistic style: naïve art. According to Children's Books In Children's Hands, "naïve art uses flat, two-dimensional art that has a child-like quality to it...Figures are usually depicted from the front, back, or side, but always without a three-dimensional quality." The text concentrates on how Rivera combined traditional and modern styles while studying art in Europe, learned the aesthetics of ancient Mexican civilizations after returning home, and then applied these new techniques to local politics and culture.
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By Michelle967 on October 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely loved this book because of the way the author wrote about the life and cultural paintings of Diego Rivera's. The author Duncan Tonatiuh did a phenomenal job of how easily you can read and understand the meaning of this book for young readers. This book is great to incorporate in the classroom because it provides a little biography, cultural history, Spanish words, and key terms for painting. The author concentrated on teaching us about Diego Rivera's art work and how his murals represented all that he had seen and provided Mexican people with history of who they are. I love how the author asked a question towards the ending of the book which was, "If he were alive today, what would he paint?" through the authors illustrations he compares relationships of paintings of what Diego might draw with today's society and what was going on in his time. I especially love the authors ending of the book as he wrote, "It is us to make our own murals and bring them to life." The author also included a glossary of words and references which is handy for young readers to understand terms that were used. The author also wrote an author's note, provided some of the places where you can find art work of Diego Rivera, a bibliography, and inspirations. I recommend this book for early learners.
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