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Viva Frida /

With spare text and vibrant illustrations, this book examines Frida Kahlo's creative process. Full description

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Other Authors: O'Meara, Tim, 1966- ,
Format: Book
Language: English
Spanish
Published: Roaring Brook Press, 2014
Edition: First edition.
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A 2015 Caldecott Honor BookA 2015 Pura Belpré (Illustrator) AwardFrida Kahlo, one of the world's most famous and unusual artists is revered around the world. Her life was filled with laughter, love, and tragedy, all of which influenced what she painted on her canvases.Distinguished author/illustrator Yuyi Morales illuminates Frida's life and work in this elegant and fascinating book.


Review by Booklist Review

Morales artistically distills the essence of the remarkable Frida Kahlo in this esoteric, multigenre picture book. Morales layers English and Spanish words never more than four to a page to depict a Frida who is curious, playful, wise, and inspired. Rather than tell a story, the text captures fragments of Frida's life, like snapshots with bilingual captions. Readers who know about this artist will appreciate that she is so much more than the product of the bus accident that robbed her of her health, and readers who do not know about her will be intrigued to learn more. The heartfelt yet succinct biography at the end provides that information in both languages. The three-dimensional quality of the illustrations lends realism, even though they are quite surreal, and the photography always captures the sparkle in Frida's eyes and the lights at any fiesta. While the picture-book format and bright photographed tableaux will appeal to a younger audience, it's slightly older readers who will be best suited to appreciate the deceptively simple text and references to Kahlo's art.--Chaudhri, Amina Copyright 2014 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Readers will recognize Morales's (Nino Wrestles the World) handmade Frida Kahlo doll from Kahlo's self-portraits-Morales's doll has the same haunting beauty and direct gaze, and she wears the same Mexican peasant clothing. In a series of composed photographs, Frida gazes at her pet monkey-another handmade creation-who slips the artist a key. The key opens a locked box, which holds a marionette, a jointed skeleton. Spare, lyrical text is set in English and, in fainter type, in Spanish, and each page turn reveals a new word or phrase. "Juego/ I play," Frida says, manipulating the marionette while the monkey sits on her shoulder. Now a paper cutout, Frida is shown dreaming, rescuing an injured fawn, then awakening, restored to doll form, as her husband-a plump, affectionate Diego Rivera-gives her a kiss on the cheek. "Vivo!" she says. "I live!" Frida is presented less as a historical figure than as an icon who represents the life Morales holds sacred; Frida lives because she loves and creates. A detailed biography is included. Ages 4-8. Agent: Charlotte Sheedy, Charlottte Sheedy Literary Agency. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Yuyi Morales's groundbreaking exploration of artist Frida Kahlo's journey to creative expression fails to make a graceful leap to video. For a viewer unfamiliar with the bilingual picture book (Roaring Brook, 2014), the production may seem like a disjointed jumble of Spanish and English phrases projected on a backdrop of indecipherable imagery accompanied by a Spanish guitar. While the text and illustrations are nicely married in the spreads of the printed edition, the video's animation and voice-over make following the poetic narrative arc challenging. Actress and voice artist Adriana Sananes narrates with spirit, but she can't overcome the stilted fragmentation between the Spanish and English phrases, alternately spoken and displayed on the screen. Morales's mixed-media illustrations (photography of puppets, acrylic paintings, and digital manipulation) are slightly animated, which adds visual interest. A bilingual bonus, the author's note, is easier to follow and more entertaining than the main feature. VERDICT This disc unfortunately does not bring new life to Morales's book but rather obfuscates it.-Jennifer Verbrugge, State Library Services, Roseville, MN © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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AUTHOR NOTES

Yuyi Morales is an author, artist, and puppet maker and was the host of her own Spanish-language radio program for children. She has won numerous awards, including the Jane Addams Award, three Pura Belpre Medals and three Pura Belpre Honors. She divides her time between the San Francisco area and Veracruz, Mexico, where she was born.


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