About the Book
Children will be delighted by this newest addition to the highly-acclaimed Anholt's Artists Books for Children series. This time, award-winning author and illustrator Laurence Anholt tells the charming story of Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World. When a little girl named Mariana is sent to have her portrait painted by Frida, she is scared. "Well, that's okay," Frida tells her. "Everyone feels scared sometimes. Now take my hand and let's go inside." Soon, Mariana meets all of Frida's pets, from a handsome parrot and funny spider monkey to a little dog, baby deer, and beautiful eagle. Frida's home is full of wonders, and her studio is brimming with strange but beautiful paintings. As Mariana sits for her portrait, she learns all about Frida's life, and begins to think of her as the bravest woman in the world. Frida thinks Mariana is very special too--and she's got a wonderful surprise in store for her! Once again, Laurence Anholt inspires children with this much-loved art history series, which has sold more than one million copies around the world. The story, enhanced with Anholt's illustrations on every page, include several that are reproductions of Kahlo's famous paintings.
My Take on the Book
Before reading this lovely book, I had not heard of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. She was an amazing woman who died very young. The illustrations included in the book, were portraits of a family and this is how Frida met the young Mariana who was to become a cherished life long friend.
The story is told through Mariana who visited Frida. Frida was going to paint her portrait. As the painting sessions began, Mariana and Frida became good friends and loved each other very much.
Frida had endured many health and physical challenges in her life. She took on those challenges head on to become a strong and independent woman. Frida died at the young age of 47 years old.
Laurence Anholt has written other books about famous artists. Some of those artists are Picasso, Monet, Degas, and Leonardo. After reading this book, I would love to read his other nonfiction books.
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