This book tells the story of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, two artists who became quite famous. But at the time of the story, 1930-1931, the two were living in San Francisco, and only Rivera was well-known. Frida felt lost at first, but started exploring her new surroundings, and finally was inspired by the beauty of the city to begin singing and painting. The text is pleasing and poetic but the artwork is absolutely gorgeous.
Allow me to gush about David Diaz, whose acrylic, charcoal, and varnish paintings on primed linen are outstanding. His imaginative renditions call to mind not only Kahlo herself, but also Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso at various periods in their artistic development. The folkloric renditions are sometimes dreamlike with swirling gold and stars, and sometimes more WPA-like with angles and planes. I would be very happy to have any one of the pages framed on my wall.
Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, and Imprint of Abrams, 2010
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages