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 Frida Kahlo and her animalitos
 Author: Brown, Monica

 Publisher:  NorthSouth (2017)

 Dewey: 759
 Classification: Biography
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 158090 ISBN: 9780735842694
 Ages: 6-8 Grades: 1-3

 Subjects:
 Kahlo, Frida
 Artists

Price: $21.56

Summary:
A look at the life of one of the world's most influential painters, Frida Kahlo, and the animals that inspired her art and life.

 Illustrator: Parra, John


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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: .5   Quiz: 190931
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 3.70
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 72893

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (07/01/17)
   School Library Journal (08/01/17)
   Booklist (10/15/17)
 The Hornbook (00/03/18)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 08/01/2017 Gr 1–4—Two well-known children's book creators present the life of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo through the kid-friendly lens of her animal friends. Kahlo's life as a young girl at La Casa Azul was marked by the support of her family, illness, and her "animalitos," or the many pets and creatures that she loved. Each spread introduces a new animal, from Bonito the parrot to her spider monkeys Fulang Chang and Caimito de Guayabal. The text often makes comparisons between the featured critters and the independent, free-spirited girl and budding artist. Throughout, Brown makes references to Kahlo's love of and inspiration by her Aztec culture, which was often seen in her art and evidenced by her pets' names. The picture book biography touches only briefly upon some of the artist's life-changing events, such as the accident she experienced in her teens or her marriage to Diego Rivera, but instead emphasizes the companionship of the animals with which she surrounded herself. Parra's lively acrylic paintings pay tribute to the vibrant hues of Kahlo's paintings, and her ties to her Mexican and Aztec heritage are apparent. A detailed author's note about the subject's life, art, and influence concludes the book and lists the many works in which her animalitos appear. VERDICT This unique and gorgeous take on the famous figure's work will give children an accessible entry point to an important artist. A good choice for picture book biography shelves.—Shelley M. Diaz, School Library Journal - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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