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Me, Frida Hardcover – October 1, 2010

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Gr 3-6–This picture book focuses on the year that Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera, spent in San Francisco while he worked on murals for the Pacific Stock Exchange. It was 1930 and Frida was young, newly married, and just beginning her own career as a painter. She had never been out of Mexico and everything about this trip was new and overwhelming. Novesky adeptly tells how Kahlo began to gain her confidence and find her place in the world, using the city and its surroundings as inspiration for her own work. The writing is succinct and careful, and a portrait of Frida as a strong, feisty woman comes through clearly. Diaz's acrylic and charcoal paintings echo Kahlo's own folkloric style, brimming with color and detail, but are unique as well, providing a rich complement to the text. This is a solid choice as a supplement for a biography collection, but libraries looking for a way to introduce the artist should turn to Jonah Winter's Frida (Scholastic, 2002) or Margaret Frith's Frida Kahlo: The Artist Who Painted Herself (Grosset & Dunlap, 2003) instead.–Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Vivid paintings illuminate this picture book portraying artist Frida Kahlo, newly married to Diego Rivera and living with him in San Francisco. Homesick for Mexico and alone while Rivera works on his mural project, Kahlo feels lost, insignificant, and restless until she finds joy in exploring the city on her own. Emboldened, she begins to paint. At a party one night, she steps out of her husband’s shadow and becomes the center of attention when she sings Mexican folk songs. Soon she exhibits a wedding portrait, Frida and Diego Rivera. The book’s topic is an odd one for a children’s picture book, but the writing is lucid, the emotions are universal, and the illustrations soar. Glowing with warm, vibrant colors, the charcoal and acrylic paintings create distinctive, statuesque people within imaginatively conceived landscapes, cityscapes, and interiors. The pink bird appearing in every scene is an element in the wedding portrait, which is photographically reproduced at the book’s end. Grades 1-3. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: AWARDS: ALA: Youth Media Award Winners 2011
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810989697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810989696
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Liu on February 26, 2014
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A beautifully illustrated, charmingly told story of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The picture book tells about how she and her new husband Diego Rivera first moved to San Francisco. After a time of uncertainty and doubt, she soon blooms both personally and artistically. Caldecott-winner David Diaz's illustrations are astounding - they bring the story to life with their rich colors and textures and beautiful lines.
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im a huge frida fan and was excited to introduce this strong, talented woman to my daughter. i appreciated the artwork of the illustrator for the book, though every page looked very similar to one another. i appreciated that the biographical information for the period of time sketched in the book was pretty accurate, but it was very ho hum. if they were trying to showcase this time as a turning point in her career/life then i wasnt impressed. a less attentive child would miss the point all together. the story also started very abruptly, as if she had never been involved with art before. one good thing was that the book did start a discussion with my daughter about the artist, i pulled out all my art books of her work and started talking about what i thought was important. so, i will give it 3 stars for being about frida, and one star for having decent artwork and for starting the conversation. but i think some will find the book lacking.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rosannadanna on April 20, 2013
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Frida's story is always beautiful... no matter who tells it. She was a woman of great courage and amazing talent. This book portrays Frida as the one who stays by her husband in all his glory.... yet she knows she is someone also. It speaks of her great humility and amazing creative gifts. But even more than this, it tells of how she listens to her heart as she continues on a path that eventually glorifies HER. Courage and tenacity..... patience and belief.... one of the best books I have read of her journey. GREAT for a child who may feel a bit insecure, different.... to let them know.... they WILL shine. A gift of belief in oneself.

Thank you, Ms. Novesky!
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I love the illustrations and the words, just beautiful. But felt in order to read it to kids in my Art class the part where "Diego doesn't come home sometimes" is a bit awkward. Also it ends rarely abruptly or without any real conclusion of Frida's. But other that, it is a work of art!
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By Donna S. Meredith on January 17, 2013
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We gave this book to our six-year-old grandson for Christmas. Besides educating him about a talented artist, the book is visually beautiful in its own right.
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Lovely illustration! So happy I purchased it! Price is better than at the book store.
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