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Me, Frida

Novesky, Amy (Author)
Diaz, David (Illustrator)
Abrams 2010. 32 pages
First published: 2010
ISBN: 9780810989696 (hardcover)
9781419715167 (paperback)
9781613124451 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Non-Fiction
Book genre: Biography

Text Elements:

character, point of view, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This story recounts a visit to San Francisco by Mexican painters Diego Rivera and his wife, the now equally renowned Frida Kahlo. The language conveys the two artists’ contrasting reactions to their temporary new home: “They explored orchards and oil derricks, a gold mine, and redwood groves.… Diego felt empowered by everything he saw. Frida fell asleep on the way home.” Children may relate to Diego’s experience of being busy and important. They may also recognize Frida’s growing sense of isolation.

The illustrations feature strong outlines, vivid wash fills and decorative detailing. They hold their own style, while referencing the work of both artists: Rivera’s hefty, heroic forms; Kahlo’s colour and whimsy. Images depict Frida’s solo explorations into the city. Her red scarf and pink-lined cloak flow; jewels and light-sparks dance from her hair. She finally demands her own place in the limelight at a fancy soirée: “All eyes were on her, including Diego’s.… He always knew she was marvellous.” Readers of all ages will appreciate the message that we each bring something special—and necessary—to the party.

A brief author’s note includes a reproduction of Frida Kahlo’s double-portrait of herself and Diego.

  •  

    What did you learn about Frida Kahlo from this story? Would you describe her as avant-garde? List her attributes.

  •  

    “But Frida knew that she was more than this.” What is she referring to? How did she put herself first? What motivated her to include the note on the ribbon? 

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    Notice the pink bird depicted on most pages. How is this a symbol? If you drew a self-portrait, what animal would you include? Why? 

  •  

    Find some of Frida's works online. What makes them unique? Does her style appeal to you? Was the illustrator able to emulate her style? What does her work sell for? Would you spend that amount of money on a piece of art?

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    Explore and discuss paintings made by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera (you can find them online). Note the style, colour and organization.

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    Discuss the variety of feelings you might experience when you are new to a city, school or group, from fear and anxiety to excitement and anticipation.

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    Discuss the job of an artist. What prep work is involved prior to creating a painting or mural?

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    Sequence the story of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in San Francisco. Include the activities they participated in and record the feelings they experienced.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • To use creativity
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Personal and Career Planning
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Visual Arts
  • Diego Rivera (S. Rubin)