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FRIDA'S WORLD by Patuto Press


developed by Patuto Press & Gramercy Consultants by Maria Gabriela Brito & illustrated by Natali Martinez

Age Range: 7 - 9

Pub Date: Dec. 18th, 2010
Publisher: Patuto Press

Colorful and accessible, this brief biography of Frida Kahlo paints the artist’s vibrant life using broad brushstrokes that smooth over her tragedies and highlight her creativity.

Readers can follow along in either English or Spanish with the pleasant female narrator, who proceeds at a reasonable, though somewhat quick pace as each word in the appropriate language is highlighted in red. In several situations in the English version, the narrator at times inserts random articles before words—for example a stray a or an before a noun—which may throw off readers following closely. Soft watercolor illustrations present a friendly, cartoonish Frida with her trademark unibrow and flare for bright colors. The text concludes with a short note about Kahlo’s legacy but does not offer any further resources for an inspired reader. By default, traditional Mexican folk music accompanies the text, which can become tedious; readers may want to seek out the mute option. Navigation from the main menu is intuitive and features a coloring book, which lets users tap their inner artists by coloring select scenes from the book.

An entertaining, introductory journey through Frida’s world that introduces readers to an artistic legend and encourages creativity. (Biography. 7-9)