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Frida (English Language Edition) by Jonah…

Frida (English Language Edition) (original 2002; edition 2002)

by Jonah Winter, Ana Juan (Illustrator)

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Title:Frida (English Language Edition)
Authors:Jonah Winter
Other authors:Ana Juan (Illustrator)
Info:Arthur A. Levine Books (2002), Edition: Library Binding, Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:art, masks, expression, color technique, dark, simple, depth, pain, dealing with emotions

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Frida by Jonah Winter (2002)



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This book takes the very adult content of Frida Kahlo’s hardships and translates them into a book for children. It focuses on how Frida channeled the emotions from each hardship into her art. I think this book would be excellent to share with a child going through their own hardship. The illustrations are very whimsical and imaginative, which is fitting for a biography about Frida Kahlo. This is also good for a multicultural addition to a class library because it is full of Hispanic heritage. ( )
  kljohnson.21 | Nov 3, 2018 |
I liked this biographical book. The writing is the first thing I noticed. It doesn’t seem like a normal, informational biography. For the young audience, it seemed like it was turned into more of a story than simple facts about Frida’s life. Instead of saying something like “At age six, Frida fell ill with polio,” the story said, “All of the sudden, Frida falls very ill.” The author even mentions, “Even her imaginary friend can’t cheer her on.” In giving more emotion to the story of her life, the author does seem a bit biased and supportive toward the artist’s life, but it does make it more interesting for readers. Making the biography more of a story, it adds more plot, another aspect of why I liked this book. The growth in emotional attachment to Frida makes the suspense rise in points of the book such as when younger Frida falls sick or when older Frida gets into the accident. Overall, the message or idea is to inform readers about Frida Kahlo’s life. It was done so in a short, story-like manner to better appeal to a younger audience. ( )
  maddieschaefer | Sep 24, 2018 |
This book covers both the hard and wonderful parts of Frida Kahlo's life. She had a tough upbringing and I enjoyed that it was shown to be tough and not sugar coated, although it is not so horrible as to frighten or shock the children you are reading to. The illustrations are really wonderful and many of the characters in her paintings and her paintings are shown so one can truly see where her inspiration comes from. Because it comes in both Spanish and English ti makes a great book for an ESL classroom where students can experience both languages. ( )
  catiebarber | Jul 15, 2018 |
an all spanish book that discusses the life of a little artist girl.
6 book
  TUCC | Jan 11, 2017 |
This simple picture book depicts the larger-than-life artist Frida Kahlo’s life, including the many tragedies she had experienced. While explaining Kahlo’s hardships, the author, Ana Juan, remains positive and upbeat, describing Frida’s unique style of painting as a way to overcome pain and sadness.

Personal reaction:
I’ve always been intrigued by Frida Kahlo. This book was refreshing because it was honest and described the hardships Kahlo faced, but didn’t dwell on them. Instead, the author walked through Kahlo’s techniques and style and explained how art brought Kahlo through these tragedies.

Classroom extension:
1) Frida Kahlo is one of many popular artists. First, divide the class in groups of four, providing an iPad, markers, and poster board to each group. Then, have each group research an artist and create a poster promoting the artist for a gallery event. Encourage each group to include photos of the artist’s work on their posters. Then, have the groups present their posters and hang them around the classroom.

2) Frida mainly painted self-portraits. Giving students watercolors, allow them to create their own self-portraits. ( )
  CaitlinHendy | Nov 26, 2016 |
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This book describes the incredibly famous Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. We are able to hear about her tragedies of developing a disease and experiencing a horrible accident as well as becoming a renowned artist all that the same time. Frida can be an excellent read to young students to influence them to find an interest in something to get your mind off of their hardships. The illustrations depict how strong of an artist the late Frida was.
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Beset by one shattering ordeal after another, world-renowned painter Frida Kahlo always managed to channel her anguish into creativity. Frida, by Jonah Winter and illustrator Ana Juan, is an exquisite and playful glimpse into the artist's life and work. Filled with the folk art icons of Frida's Mexican culture--monkeys, devils, smiling skeletons, and sympathetic jaguars depicted with acrylics and wax on paper--the book describes, in short streams of text, the feisty, irreverent, fierce nature of the artist. One especially memorable illustration, based on one of Frida Kahlo's own paintings, shows Frida herself caught in a tangle of thorns against a mournful blue night sky. The text reads, "After the accident ... her body will hurt, always." Author and illustrator's notes add background information, but this stunning book from the author of Diego, about famed Mexican muralist (and husband of Frida) Diego Rivera, is a spectacular, lush introduction to an inspiring woman and her art. (Ages 5 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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Discusses the childhood of Frida Kahlo and how it influenced her art.

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