Monday, February 16, 2009
Frida by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
FRIDA won the Notable Award from the American Library Association and the silver seal of the Pura Belpre Honor Book.
It tells the story of Frida Kahlo who was a native of Mexico. Her story is told in biographical poems along with her artwork.
She had a traumatic life, which is reflected in her artwork. She had polio as a child and her right leg shriveled then she got into a horrible bus accident when she was young. The handrail pierced her hip bone and she had multiple broken bones. Then her husband had an affair with her sister and he asked her for a divorce.
She got pregnant and her baby died in the summer and then her mom died in September. Frida said she paints her pain.
She had a pet fawn and painted pictures for family and friends. One of her artworks was done on glass and the Louvre bought it: it was a self-portrait in which Frida was framed by birds and flowers.
It may be classified as a picture book but, I think it is so beautiful, it could easily be a coffee table book for children and adults to enjoy.