Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales

Rating: ★★★★

Genre: Historical fiction, children’s lit

Medium: Hardcover

Synopsis: Frida Kahlo was a phenomenal force of creation and love.  This is her story.

Review:  This book is a force to be reckoned with.  There’s a beautiful duality in all aspects of this book, and most notably within its language and illustrations.  The text is written in both English and Spanish, keeping true to Kahlo’s heritage while also giving children a chance to learn/reinforce some words in a different language.  Morales’ artwork, additionally, is mixed media, involving both puppetry as well as painting, which makes complete sense given that the puppets give a lifelike quality to book-Kahlo, and the painting is an expression of Frida’s artwork and creative outlook on life.

Though this book may seem simple, do remember: it’s anything but.

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