The Resource Me, Frida, by Amy Novesky ; illustrated by David Diaz

Me, Frida, by Amy Novesky ; illustrated by David Diaz

Label
Me, Frida
Title
Me, Frida
Statement of responsibility
by Amy Novesky ; illustrated by David Diaz
Title variation
Frida Kahlo in San Francisco
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Artist Frida Kahlo finds her own voice and style when her famous husband, Diego Rivera, is commissioned to paint a mural in San Francisco, California in the 1930s and she finds herself exploring the city on her own
Writing style
Illustration
Award
ALA Notable Children's Book, 2011
Review
  • Gr 3 – 6 — This picture book focuses on the year that Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera, spent in San Francisco while he worked on murals for the Pacific Stock Exchange. It was 1930 and Frida was young, newly married, and just beginning her own career as a painter. She had never been out of Mexico and everything about this trip was new and overwhelming. Novesky adeptly tells how Kahlo began to gain her confidence and find her place in the world, using the city and its surroundings as inspiration for her own work. The writing is succinct and careful, and a portrait of Frida as a strong, feisty woman comes through clearly. Diaz's acrylic and charcoal paintings echo Kahlo's own folkloric style, brimming with color and detail, but are unique as well, providing a rich complement to the text. This is a solid choice as a supplement for a biography collection, but libraries looking for a way to introduce the artist should turn to Jonah Winter's Frida (Scholastic, 2002) or Margaret Frith's Frida Kahlo: The Artist Who Painted Herself (Grosset & Dunlap, 2003) instead.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA --Jody Kopple (Reviewed December 1, 2010) (School Library Journal, vol 56, issue 12, p96)
  • Novesky's (Elephant Prince) portrait of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo depicts the artist as a reticent newcomer in a foreign country, who gradually gains self-confidence from her surroundings. Overflowing with compelling imagery ("Frida especially loved Chinatown. It smelled of incense, fish, and fog"), the story also incorporates the motif of Kahlo as a tiny bird. Married to muralist Diego Rivera, Kahlo is overshadowed by her adoring husband's size and reputation: "Diego, big as an elephant; Frida, a lovely little bird on his arm." When she and Rivera fly to San Francisco in 1930, they are shown holding hands and soaring--sans airplane--up the coastline. Readers will notice a small, pink bird in nearly every scene, the same one that appears in the painting that helped launch Kahlo's career. Vibrant spreads feature backdrops of warm colors dripping into cooler ones (and vice versa), just as the brightly dressed, bejeweled Kahlo melded with the damp, gray city. Diaz's (Ocean's Child) overlapping complementary colors add a gorgeous yet slightly unsettling visual element, his intense hues and folk/naÃóve style recalling Kahlo's work. Ages 4–8. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed October 4, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 39, p)
  • A lushly painted picture book about the artist Frida Kahlo during her time in San Francisco with her husband, Diego Rivera. Figuring a pink bird on most pages as muse and symbol of the quiet, newly married Frida, Diaz's brilliant charcoal-and-acrylic paintings trace young Frida's feelings about the move, her first away from Mexico. The brilliant spreads chronicle the dramatic sunrises of the city, crisp blue days in the redwoods and the welcome reds of Chinatown. Frida's depicted as balancing a cane to indicate her lifelong infirmities, her long skirts and decorated hair remind the reader of her Mexican roots and the relative size of Rivera and Kahlo changes to show how Kahlo was feeling about herself. This story, though, one of an artistic Cinderella, begs for more information. Alas, the wan author's note and the lack of a timeline or bibliography leave young readers with little more than a snapshot of this artist. Though Kahlo's full, complicated, enigmatic life asks for a more mature audience (see Carmen T. Bernier-Grand's excellent Frida: Viva la Vida, 2007), this serves as a passable introduction. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)    (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2010)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
375301
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Novesky, Amy
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
AD660L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.N869
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
Reading level
3.6
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Diaz, David
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Kahlo, Frida
  • Rivera, Diego
  • Artists
  • San Francisco (Calif.)
Target audience
primary
Label
Me, Frida, by Amy Novesky ; illustrated by David Diaz
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780810989696
Lccn
2009047198
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Label
Me, Frida, by Amy Novesky ; illustrated by David Diaz
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780810989696
Lccn
2009047198
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations

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