How Frida embodied many of the characteristics of her pets
Frida Kahlo, who would one day grow to be one of the most influential painters in the world, was once a little girl who had a lot of pets. Her animal friends (two monkeys, two turkeys, two dogs, a parrot, an eagle, a black cat and a fawn) were with her through good times and bad and provided both comfort and inspiration.
Written by Monica Brown and illustrated by John Parra, Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos offers a different perspective on the life and art of Frida Kahlo. The story skirts around the sadder and more disturbing parts of Frida's life and focuses on her use of her imagination and art to rise above hardship and all the interesting things she did as a child with her friends, both human and animal. My one criticism of the book would be that perhaps delving into the uncomfortable parts of the story could have been a way to engage young children in a discussion about disability and chronic illness. I suppose this more basic version of Frida's story is suited to younger readers, who might be inspired to go on to learn more about her later.
Parra's beautiful art uses a colour palate like Frida's to create bold, beautiful images to introduce children to Frida's life and work. Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos would be suitable to read aloud to children aged 5 and up. The art work will charm children and adults alike.
Published: 5 September 2017 Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by North South Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.