Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos by Monica Brown - OPTIONAL

Brown, Monica Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos illustrated by John Parra. NON-FICTION/PICTURE BOOK. NorthSouth Books, Inc. 2017. $18. 9780735842694  

A biography of Frida Kahlo focusing on her love of animals, particularly her pets - a deer, dogs, a cat, 2 monkeys, a parrot, even turkeys. They inspired some of her art and were her friends. 

There seems to be a new picture book about Frida Kahlo every year or so.  It’s hard to tell her story in a way children would enjoy and this is a good hook.  The author was vague about Frida’s  illnesses and her accident (which is good).  I also like the inclusion of a photograph at the end of Frida and one of her monkeys. Includes an author’s note with a list of paintings that include her animal friends, but no other source material. All in all, I think there are better picture book biographies about Frida Kahlo (Viva Frida) 

EL (K-3) OPTIONAL  Lisa Librarian 

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