FRIDA KAHLO:
THE ARTIST WHO PAINTED HERSELF
(Smart about Art)
Written by Margaret Frith and illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Published August 11, 2003
Grosset & Dunlap, New York

ISBN 0-448-43239-0
LC
Text copyright © 2003 by Margaret Frith
Illustrations copyright © 2003 by Tomie dePaola
7 ¼” (width) x 9 ¼” (height)
Hardcover, Picture Book Biography, 32 pages, unnumbered
Reading Level – Ages 5 up

From the publisher’s catalog…
Through original artwork by the renowned artist Tomie dePaola – a longtime aficionado of Frida Kahlo’s work – as well as beautiful reproductions of Kahlo’s paintings, this latest Smart About book explores the creative, imaginative world of Mexico’s most celebrated female artist.

From THE HORN BOOK MAGAZINE…
“Frith has wisely emphasized aspects of Kahlo’s life that will resonate with the book’s intended audience…  DePaola, working against vibrant, solid-color backdrops, seems in his element: he supplies the illustrations of Kahlo, complete with festive, Mexican-flavored borders and motifs, ostensibly created by her fictional young biographer.”

From KIRKUS REVIEWS…
“This engaging essay is written as if it were a school report…  Frith’s straightforward presentation of Kahlo’s passionate and unusual way of seeing the whole world in her self-portraits is commendable.”

From SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL…
“This picture-book biography is a good way to introduce youngsters to this avant-garde Mexican painter.  Told from the viewpoint of a girl who is doing a report on the famous artist, Kahlo’s story is clear, concise, and accessible.”

Editor – Jane O’Connor
Art Director –

Dedication:
     For Tomie who introduced me
     to Frida – Mgt
     For Margaret Frith
     who doesn’t have eyebrows like a bird
     and Mario who does – TdeP

About the dedication…
     Margaret Frith’s dedication…
     When Margaret writes a note, she signs it “Margaret.”  But, years ago, Tomie and his assistant, Bob, thought she had begun to sign her notes “Mgt.” It looked as if she were abbreviating her first name. She wasn’t abbreviating her name, but Tomie and Bob didn’t realize their mistake until many years later.  In the meantime, they began to use “Mgt” when they wrote to her.
     Tomie’s dedication…
     Margaret Frith has been Tomie’s editor for several decades.
     Mario is a friend who lives in Mexico.

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BONJOUR, MR. SATIE picture book, G. P. Putnam’s Sons

TOMIE dePAOLA, HIS ART & HIS STORIES, by Barbara Elleman, G. P. Putnam’s Sons

THE ART LESSON picture book, G. P. Putnam’s Sons

ADELITA: A MEXICAN CINDERELLA STORY picture book, G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Other editions of FRIDA KAHLO: THE ARTIST WHO PAINTED HERSELF:
FRIDA KAHLO: THE ARTIST WHO PAINTED HERSELF
Grosset & Dunlap, New York, 2003
Paperback (simultaneously published with Hardcover edition)
ISBN 0-448-42677-3

 

 
 
 
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