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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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Summary: This book is about the life Diego Rivera who was born in Mexico but then later travels to Europe to learn about painting. After a while he return back to mexico because his heart belong to his people.
Review: Great book. This a harder reading to do. Though what parents must understand is that Diego did have some affairs so the are told in this book in detail so you must be careful when reading it to a child.
Class: Can use to teach about the art history of Mexico and the life of Diego
Grade: Intermidiate - Middle school.
Genre: Non-Fiction
  little_manb | Apr 10, 2017 |
In a unit about poetry in a 6th grade class, I would use this book as a mentor text. I would have students write a short autobiography in the form of poems. This would tell the story of their life in a creative and beautiful way which aligns with the love Diego had in the poems about his life. Another activity to follow this book would be to think of other creative ways to tell a story. Students will again be asked to tell the story of their life but they can share it in any medium they choose. This will allow students to share their story and express it creatively in a way they feel passionate about which encompasses the passion that Diego had in the book we read.
  JMudd | Apr 3, 2017 |
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 |
Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor and Author Honor ( )
  scote23 | Mar 30, 2013 |
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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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