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Diego: Bigger Than Life (edition 2009)

by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, David Diaz (Illustrator)

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Title:Diego: Bigger Than Life
Authors:Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
Other authors:David Diaz (Illustrator)
Info:Amazon Children's Publishing (2009), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 64 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Biography multiculture grade 5-8

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Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand



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This book is an engaging read that bridges the gap between a variety of art forms. Written as a chronological biography of Diego Rivera's life, it is a collection of titled poems that span from Diego's birth to his death. Though I already had quite a bit of background knowledge on Rivera, I still learned things I did not know. Surprisingly, a book about an artist does not depend on art to tell the story, though each poem is accompanied by a picture that is as small as a corner in the page or as large as a whole page. Bright colors are used for the most part, though some muted and darker tones come out when talking about dark times of Diego's life. Though a small handful of his artwork is presented in the text, it is by no means a display of his work as an artist. Instead, the book focuses on the narrative that was his life, including his many marriages, affairs, and political endeavors.

This book is engaging and the text is accessible to readers on a second or third grade level and above. It goes a good overview of his life and could be used as a great method by which to introduce Diego Rivera to young people. While the poems are short and direct, there is a more complete prose section in the back that fills in some of the gaps of his life. Additionally, the book includes a timeline of important dates and a list of sources, which is a great way to springboard oneself into further reading. All in all, the book is well worth the time. ( )
  cskaemmerling | Feb 7, 2017 |
I thought this was a great free verse book abut the life of Rivera's life. Again this would be a great book for introducing students to the free verse form of poetry or for teaching students about why people write, and tell stories of other people. ( )
  gmorgan14 | Nov 23, 2016 |
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  scote23 | Mar 30, 2013 |
Diego was an artist and this book tells his life through poems. It showed the good and bad times of his life. I like that it was not written like a biography, in story form. Some of the language was hard to understand but the pictures were really helpful and colorful. It captured the Mexican culture through colors. ( )
  ArielDean | Jan 24, 2013 |
The biography of Diego Rivera. This book can inspire artists and shows the life of a true artist and all his troubles. The words choice in the book can be difficult at times. I like these kinds of books because I got to learn from them. The book is long so I would recommend this to upper elementary. The illustrations in the book are wonderful as well. ( )
  vicmelen | Nov 25, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0761453830, Hardcover)

Carmen T. Bernier-Grand’s inspiring free verse and David Diaz’s vivid paintings capture the defining moments and emotions of Rivera’s tumultuous life, including his stormy relationship with artist Frida Kahlo and his passion for his art. Rivera’s energy, physique, love for women, and work were all "bigger than life." A biography, chronology, glossary, sources, notes, and famous quotations are included.

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"The life and work of the artist Diego Rivera is told through chronological poems that capture salient points in his life"--Provided by publisher.

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