This is the second biography for young readers by this author that I have read. It is a chapter book with appealing illustrations.
The book begins with some information about Mexico and the political unrest that existed when Frida was young. Ms. Katz then goes on to engagingly tell Frida’s life story.
The author presents an honest biography, noting the many challenges that Frida faced over her lifetime. Some of these challenges were health related while others had to do with her relationship with Diego Rivera, another artist. The author notes the roles of Frida’s love of animals, Casa Azul, imagination and art as coping mechanisms that served her well.
The book includes sections called “Jump in the Think Tank.” These contain topics to think about and extend the reading experience. There are also some myths vs facts, timelines, quotations and more. The book concludes with a quiz that will help young readers to see if they have retained what they learned.
I highly recommend this title. It deserves a place in school and home libraries. The text and gorgeous illustrations complement one another beautifully.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher:
Frida used art to express herself from a young age
When Frida was 18 years old, she was seriously hurt and almost died in a bad bus accident. The accident put her in bed for months. She started drawing colorful butterflies on her cast. Later, her parents gave her a special easel and put a mirror over her head. She started painting self-portraits (paintings of herself).
Frida always stayed true to herself and her art
In 1938, Frida’s art was part of an exhibit in New York City. It was one of the first times any Mexican artist—male or female—had been offered an exhibit outside of Mexico! She did not change her views, her art, or her traditional Mexican clothes to fit in with New Yorkers. Half of Frida’s paintings sold at the New York show!
She earned her place as one of the most important painters in history
Frida’s example has helped women focus on their own careers and talents. Her personality and desire to tell her story through art has inspired many other women (and men) to do the same in their own ways.