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I first found Frida on a used books table in a farmer’s market when my girl was barely months old and SpanglishBaby wasn’t even a reality yet. I immediately grabbed it with a feeling of having scored a precious gift. Camila is now almost 6 years old and this book has been a constant in our nighttime reading for years and today we grab for it with joy to celebrate Frida Kahlo’s 106th birthday!
Jonah Winter’s Frida is a colorful peek into the life of Mexico’s iconic and most renowned female painter, Frida Kahlo. In a poetic fashion suitable for kids of all ages, Winter manages to condense in 32 pages the troublesome and alluring life of Frida — from her childhood, her accidents, her lifelong ailments, her love, but most of all the creativity, imagination and passion that she had for life.
Even though it may seem difficult to talk to children about such tough topics as the ones Frida lived through and which ultimately were the catalyst for her life’s work, the perfect marriage of text and illustration (by Ana Juan) convey the story in such a magical way that kids are easily enthralled and are left wanting to know even more about Frida.
Author: Jonah Winter
Ilustrator: Ana Juan
Age group: 4 to 8
Publisher/Year: Arthur A. Levine Books; Tra edition (February 1, 2002)
Price: $4.89 on Amazon.com