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Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos
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on June 23, 2018
Sweet biography of artist Frida Kahlo as told through the lens of her animal friends. Each page introduces the reader to a new pet and makes a comparison between animal and artist. The text and illustrations clearly show her strong Aztec and Mexican heritage. A great picture book biography to share with students for #classroombookaday , and the back matter at the end of the book lends itself to further research and discussion.
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on April 30, 2018
Good to introduce women in art to children.
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on April 6, 2018
Any story for children that involves a positive relationship with animals is captivating, and this story certainly is. It shows how animals played a supportive and nurturing role in Frieda’s life and also how they became her artistic muse. I enjoyed learning the names of her animals and about how she responded to the stresses of having to be bedridden at two separate times in her life by using imagination, creativity, and art to liberate her mind, find enjoyment, and express herself.

This book was published in both English and Spanish. Given that I like to read to my children in both languages, I often prefer having both languages accessible in one book. And, I can see the value in marketing to distinct audiences. I experienced the Spanish language version as more layered and nuanced and that may be because Spanish is my second language, so I had to work harder and focus more to read it and, therefore, got more out of it.

The earth-toned illustrations by John Parra are a great accompaniment to the text and drew me into the story with ease, bringing the animals and characters to life.

At the end of the book, there is an Author’s Note that provides background information on Frieda and more information about her paintings and career as an artist. The book references Frieda’s close relationship with her father, who is described in the Author’s Note as German Hungarian. Throughout her life, Frieda described her father as Jewish, but neither the book, nor the Author’s Note mention this, which piqued my curiosity since, as a Latina Jew, that had been one of the things that drew me to Frieda Kahlo. In doing a small bit of research, it appears that a 2005 book traced her paternal lineage and concluded that she was from Lutheran stock. Yet, it wasn’t completely clear to me if that included a thorough examination of her paternal grandmother, Henriette Kaufman’s lineage. Regardless, it remains curious as to why Frieda talked about her father as Jewish. Various commentators have opinions on this issue. I did learn that she changed the spelling of her name to include the “e” during World War II, so that the spelling would more closely resemble frieden which is the German word for peace.
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on March 11, 2018
a great book for any little one!
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on February 16, 2018
This story is based on historical facts about artists, Frido Kahlo. It begins with her as a child and follows through to show her love of painting and her animals.

On the surface this appears to be a great book to use with students about Frida Kahlo – and it is – to a point. If you are looking at introducing her art or Mexican art history to a younger audience (say grade 4) then this would be fine. It’s what a teacher of mine would call a “nice” story – translation: it omits a bit for the point of the story – and in general there is nothing wrong with that because of the intended audience age.

However, if you teach older students and are looking for a way to introduce her factually-wise you will need to pair this book with another. For those of you who are familiar with Frida you will be aware of her rather tumultuous relationship with her husband Diego Riveria; as one would expect, for the age this is aimed at this is not mentioned. Of course, it could be argued the book is more a celebration of her journey through paintings and thus not particularly relevant.

Overall, it’s a good introductory book to Frida’s life and her paintings.
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on February 9, 2018
Art is beautiful. Nice introduction to art for my young grandson.
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on January 25, 2018
Wonderful art, and an inspiring story of painter Frida Kahlo.
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on January 16, 2018
Lovely story and illustrations are lovely.
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on January 15, 2018
Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos is a smartly written introduction to one of the world’s most celebrated artists. It begins in childhood, where we learn about Frida’s life in the famous La Casa Azul. Frida had a menagerie of animals; a parrot, two monkeys, three dogs, two turkeys, an eagle, a fawn, and a black cat. Frida lived most of her life at La Casa Azul with her family, pets, and eventual husband Diego Rivera. The story tells much about Frida, like when she contracted polio at age six. Though it is never called polio in the book, it does mention that one of her legs was shorter than the other. It also mentions the accident that happened when she was 18 that highly impacted her life. It spares the detail that it was a bus accident.

What this book does best is tell the story of how she persevered through illness and pain to become an amazing artist. We learn that Frida’s mother made her a special easel and hung a mirror over her bed so she could paint. Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos is about how Frida’s animals inspired her paintings. It explains how they often accompanied her in self-portraits. While reading, you get to enjoy a lush, lovely illustrated book with bright colors and beautiful pictures. With the young in mind, the author created a great resource for simplifying a complicated life. I recommend this book for anyone wanting to introduce children to the unforgettable legacy of Frida Kahlo and her work.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.
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on January 12, 2018
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos is an illustrated biography of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Frida was an activist and a feminist, however, many don't know she was a disabled woman. The picture book highlights some of her great achievements and goes through her childhood and adulthood. The art is very beautiful and the story is easy to follow, perfect for kids. I'm glad more children can read about the amazing Frida, and her animalitos.
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