Saturday, August 26, 2017

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos

A gentle and colorfully painted biography of Frida Kahlo aimed at a young audience.  The book is age appropriate and deals with the tragic parts of Kahlo's life in a good manner, not neglecting to mention them, but not dwelling on her illnesses or chronic pain or difficulties either.
The focus of the book is Frida and her animals.  The animals which are represented in her paintings are listed in the afterword biography along with dates.
The book is full of small background history such as the fact that her dogs were Xolo, a hairless breed known to the Aztecs. 
The art itself is very colorful and primitive and does a good job of being reminiscent without attempting to copy Kahlo's style.  The paintings and narrative go well together.

The book would be well received by any young reader and could be well used in a unit on art history.

I liked how the illustrations in the book included reminders of her chronic pain and difficulties, such as a wheelchair and prosthesis, without explicitly overemphasizing them.  I think it would resonate well with a reading group of youngsters to maybe see that people are more similar than they had thought.

Beautiful book, well written.  Very basic but a good introduction for further reading.

Four stars.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher.

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