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Tagsart, early elementary, preschooler, tween
Let’s face it. Our kids learn a lot from movies and TV, but nothing cures a little one’s curiosity as much as a book filled with elaborate illustrations and creative text. Me, Frida is no exception.
So you’ve learned all you know about Frida Kahlo from the Salma Hayek film, but shhh, let your wee one discover this brilliant artist without sitting in front of a screen for 2 hours (we don’t think they’d appreciate it at their tender age, anyway).
Me, Frida, written by Amy Novesky and illustrated by David Diaz, centers around the time Frida and Diego Rivera lived in San Francisco while he worked on murals for the Pacific Stock Exchange (sorry, it doesn’t touch upon her affair with Trotsky — such a bummer). Homesick for Mexico and feeling a little lost, Frida begins to explore the city, sing Mexican folk songs and even exhibits a wedding portrait while she’s there (it’s kind of like a coming-of-age tale, rather than the entire bio of Frida).
With incredible color, imaginative landscapes and a strong message of independence (and the importance of art, obviously), Me, Frida is a great little read for boys and girls alike who are looking for their footing in a sometimes-scary world. It’s recommend for 8 – 12 year-olds, but the illustrations are so unique and incredible that even the littlies (and adults) will get a kick out of this on the bookshelf, too.