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Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos

by Monica Brown

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The big idea of this book was giving the readers a look at Frida Kahlo and her personality and life as a kid in a fun and friendly manner. I liked this book for two reasons. The first was plot. I loved how this book connected the animals traits to Frida's personality. For exampled, she had two spider monkeys that were described as playful. They connected this to Fridas playful nature as well. This put a fun spin on the book and made hearing facts about Frida more interesting. The second thing that I liked was the artwork in the book. I could tell the illustrator tried to mimic the style and colors that Frida would use in her own artwork. This really made the subject of the book stand out. All in all, I'd rate this book a 8/10. ( )
  KoriHarris | Mar 4, 2018 |
This unusual biography talks about the life of artist Frida Kahlo by using her pets as an entry point. Kahlo had a large number of pets, including cats, dogs, deer, turkeys, monkeys, etc. These constant companions kept her company when she was confined to bed with illness or injury and became the subjects in many of her works when she took up painting as a result of being bedridden. As the author of this book introduces each pet, she uses them to describe Kahlo as well. For example, the fawn has deep watchful eyes as young Frida learns to be observant while going on outings with her photographer father. Later in life, the monkeys can be mischievous just as Kahlo and her friends at school could sometimes instigated a small amount of trouble. And so on.

This style of biography is atypical, but I think it is very fitting for the target audience of young children. Rather than introducing dull dates and random events, the reader becomes fully immersed in Frida's world. By the time she becomes an artist, the reader can see all the influences and steps that lead up to that decision. An author's note at the end provides more factual details and helpfully includes a list of several of Kahlo's artworks featuring her pets for those who want to explore this artist's paintings more.

I'm not well enough versed in art to successfully describe the illustration style for this book. The people and animals seem flat rather than three-dimensional, but there are so many bright colors and details on each page spread that the illustrations still manage to jump off the page and catch the reader's eye. While they are clearly their own style, the illustrations do seem to pay homage to Kahlo's art. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Jan 20, 2018 |
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  melodyreads | Dec 18, 2017 |
Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos is a great book demonstrating biographies for children. It demonstrates how a young girl has a dream to become an artist embracing her Mexican culture. Frida Kahlo demonstrates to children what an influential artist she became by the influences of her childhood, hardships, culture, and surroundings. This is great for lower elementary school readers and will really grasp their attention with the colorful and visual illustrations! Highly recommended. ( )
  kew057 | Oct 2, 2017 |
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Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, written by Monica Brown and illustrated by John Parra, is based on the life of one of the world's most influential painters, Frida Kahlo, and the animals that inspired her art and life. 

The fascinating Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is remembered for her self-portraits, her dramatic works featuring bold and vibrant colors. Her work brought attention to Mexican and indigenous culture and she is also renowned for her works celebrating the female form.

Brown's story recounts Frida's beloved pets—two monkeys, a parrot, three dogs, two turkeys, an eagle, a black cat, and a fawn—and playfully considers how Frida embodied many wonderful characteristics of each animal. 

(retrieved from Amazon Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:43:21 -0400)

"Chronicles Frida's life -- from her childhood to her rise as one of the world's most influential painters -- capturing the beauty and strength of Frida's creative spirit, which carried her through tragedy and triumph, and the animals that inspired her along the way." -- Book jacket.… (more)

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