Illustrations by David Diaz
When Frida Kahlo came to San Francisco in 1930, she was unknown as an artist, except in Mexico. While her famous husband, Diego Rivera, came to paint a mural, she felt alone and abandoned. Come with author Novesky as she introduces Frida, trying to find her own way by exploring the city. In Caldecott-winner Diaz’s shimmering, stylized paintings, readers watch Frida shopping for colorful silks in Chinatown, taking a ferry to the Marin Headlands, and painting small portraits--she misses Mexico. Finally asserting herself at a party for Diego, Frida, in her gorgeous Tehuana dress, begins to sing folksongs and causes a sensation. After that, she paints a striking wedding portrait of herself and Diego, adorned with a tiny bird carrying a lavender banderole as in Mexican folk art. At her painting’s first exhibition, young viewers see the proud artist wearing a red shawl and ancient jade necklaces, her hair braided with gold. ¡Viva Frida!
2010, Ages 5 to 9
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.