Cover image for Frida
Winter, Jonah, 1962-
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Publication Information:
New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 29 cm
Reading Level:
AD 280 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 56500.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.2 1 Quiz: 27719 Guided reading level: M.

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ND259.K33 W56 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area-Biography
ND259.K33 W56 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
ND259.K33 W56 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
ND259.K33 W56 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Frida's tragic life is turned into something beautiful when she paints pictures about her pain.

Author Notes

Children's author and illustrator Jonah Winter was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1962. He has created many popular books, including works about baseball and biographies of famous individuals including Frida Kahlo, Roberto Clemente, and Barack Obama.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K^-Gr. 2. Frida Kahlo's fanciful imagination is portrayed in this picture-book biography that provides a powerful introduction to the life and style of the popular Mexican artist. Maintaining the present-tense immediacy of the original English, Mlawer's steady Spanish translation re-creates the loneliness, childhood illness, and catastrophic accident that influenced Kahlo's work. Juan's double-page acrylics, which resonate with the colors and folk art of Mexico, are whimsical interpretations of Kahlo's surrealistic self-portraits. A brief note from the author and from the illustrator help put Kahlo's life in context for children.

Publisher's Weekly Review

K-Gr 4-This wonderfully conceived early biography of artist Frida Kahlo is a feast for the eyes. Winter's succinct and straightforward narrative aptly describes the subject's childhood and the origins of her artistic nature. Juan borrows from the artist's own technique, using many of Kahlo's symbols in her illustrations, such as monkeys, skeletons, and jaguars. Juan has created whimsical, colorful characters to portray Frida's own fertile imagination. At times the drawings become very dramatic and convey Kahlo's inner strength and willpower. Mlawer's translation of Winter's straightforward, lyrical narrative is flawless, accurately conveying not only the content but the feel of the English original. Author and illustrator notes are included. An essential purchase for school and public libraries.-Maria Mena, LeRoy Collins Leon Cty. P.L., Tallahassee, FL(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-This picture-book biography of the Mexican-born artist captures the essence of her difficult life and her triumph as a painter. Written in present tense, the story has immediacy, and the magnificent full-page acrylic illustrations cry out with emotion, as is befitting the work of a passionate artist. Kahlo, often lonely, had an active fantasy life, fueled by her creation of an imaginary friend and her exposure to the work of her artist father. Stricken with polio at age seven, she turned to drawing as her solace; years later when a bus accident nearly claimed her life, art again distracted her. While the simply told yet poignant story is inspiring, the true strength of this book lies in Juan's incredible illustrations. Their brilliant colors and expressionistic style convey the sense of daring and the excitement that Kahlo demonstrated both in her zest for life and in her splendid work. Figures familiar to the artist from Mexican folklore abound and their playfulness as they dance from page to page underscores the woman's artistic spirit. Her story is sure to be an inspiration, particularly to youngsters who see life differently from their peers and who dare to express these differences in artistic ways. A bold, successful attempt at incorporating the feel of the artist's own style into an explanation of her life.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.