Frida Kahlo: The Artist who Painted Herself

Frida Kahlo: The Artist who Painted Herself


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Through original artwork by the renowned artist Tomie dePaola-a longtime aficionado of Frida Kahlo's work-as well as beautiful reproductions of Kahlo's paintings, this latest Smart About book explores the creative, imaginative world of Mexico's most celebrated female artist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780448426778
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/11/2003
Series: Smart About Art Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 219,883
Product dimensions: 7.06(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.19(d)
Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About the Author

Margaret Frith is the author of numerous children’s books, including several titles in the Who Was? series, such as Who Was Thomas Alva Edison?, Who Was Louis Braille?, Who Was Franklin Roosevelt? and Who Was Woodrow Wilson? She lives in New York City.

Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934, to a family of Irish and Italian background. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California. 

His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, and received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for lifetime contribution to children's literature in 2011.

DePaola has published almost 200 children's books in 15 different countries over the past 30 years. Among his most well-known titles are the Strega Nona series, 26 Fairmount Avenue, and The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush.

DePaola lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.

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Frida Kahlo, The Artist Who Painted Herself (Smart About the Art Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
hvachetta on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this fictionalized account of the artist's life, the events are viewed from a child's perspective, and shown through both words and drawings. The framing device is interesting, and is something that is not seen very often in biographical works. It works to help children better understand Frida Kahlo, and they may find that they relate to things more this way. This book would be most effective used in a lesson about self-portraits in art. It would also be appropriate to give to girls looking for something inspiring.
kclopez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Frida Kahlo: The Artist Who Painted Herself, is a book where a young student is writing a report on Frida Kahlo. The book is written in relation to some of Frida Kahlo's most famous paintings. This is a great book to have as an option for a class who may be learning about biographies. This is an easy book to read and understand because it is written as if a student had written the book themselves.
IEliasson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Margaret Frith¿s Frida Kahlo: the artist who painted herself by Frieda Fry (ages 6-10), is a fictionalized biography written from the point of view of a student who is writing a school report about Kahlo because of their shared first name. Even the colorful illustrations by Tomie DePaola are fictionalized, in that they are described as being ¿created¿ by Frieda Fry¿s little brother imagining Kahlo¿s life. Other illustrations include reproductions of Kahlo¿s paintings and archival photographs. Frieda¿s ¿report¿ tells about Kahlo and her life from a kid¿s perspective, emphasizing the events in her life most relevant to the experiences and interests of children, such as Kahlo being teased as a child because of her shrunken leg, her love of animals and pets, and the two years Kahlo stayed in bed recuperating from her life altering bus accident No mention is made of Kahlo¿s politics or her marriage problems, which for the intended audience is entirely appropriate. The narrative device of the student Frieda works well for the intended audience, because it tells the life story of Kahlo from a ¿peer¿s¿ point of view. Kahlo is an inspirational artist whose perseverance and tenacity in her paintings and her life will expand children¿s horizons and especially inspire girls to conquer barriers to their dreams.
barbaracat More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book to children and adults too. Our family are huge Tomie dePaola fans. Frida Kahlo is one of my favorite artists. I have seen her exhibit many times and noticed this book, which sold out instantly. I went to my favorite website, and there it was. My daughter loves the book and so do I!