Diego Rivera: His World and Ours
This charming book introduces one of the most popular artists of the twentieth century, Diego Rivera, to young readers. It tells the story of Diego as a young, mischievous boy who demonstrated a clear passion for art and then went on to become one of the most famous painters in the world.
Duncan Tonatiuh also prompts readers to think about what Diego would paint today. Jus
Appeal: The artistry and usefulness of this book are really what makes it stand out. It's very informative, almost like a nonfiction book (but without the dry excitement). One word to describe this bok would be "engaging".
Application: I would like to use this book to introduce ancient (what looks to be) Aztec artistry, as well as Diego Rivera, an influential 20th century painter. The book has a glossary of...more
Appeal: Color, color, and more color! This book is filled with beautiful and colorful illustrations that are bound to catch any young child’s attention. The book is also a great history lesson of who Diego Rivera was, and the interesting places he visited.
Application: As I stated above, this book would be great to teach the students about Diego Rivera and some of the Hispanic history, in addition to information about other cultures. I loved that at the end of the...more
Reading level: 1040L
Main character: Diego Rivera
This book is a biography of Diego Rivera. In the book, we see the young Diego Rivera running around and causing mischief. Even from a young age, the reader can see Diego Rivera’s passion and love of art. Art is his way of capturing his culture and displaying it for others to see. It is evident from the beginning that Diego Rivera was born to be a painter, and a famous on...more
Main Characters: Diego Rivera
POV: Third Person
Summary: “Diego Rivera: His World and Ours,” written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, is a fun, relatable depiction of the life of Diego Rivera, the famous artist of the twenty first century. Tonatiuh takes the reader through the early childhood of Diego Rivera, talking about how Rivera was once a small boy who loved to draw. When Rivera grows up, he travels to places like Spain and France and learns to use aspects...more
Awards: Pura Belpre Award
Main Characters: Diego Rivera
Setting: Starts in Mexico, California, and everywhere Diego Rivera traveled in his later years
POV: Third Person
Summary: This book goes through the life of Diego Rivera and tells how he became a renowned Mexican artist. It starts by telling of his childhood and the passion for art he possessed as a child. As he grew his passion did not fade, and he traveled all over the world inspiring Rivera to try new art techniques such as c...more
Appeal: The pictures in the book are extremely colorful and detailed. It allows students to see the history of Mexico through paintings. This will helps students stay engaged in the story, because they can visually see what the book is talking about.
Application: I think this book would be a good book to read to students when teaching them about history. It’s important that children learn about other C...more
"Diego went to Paris, the captial of France. There he met young artists who were painting in new and exciting ways. He experimented with these new methods of painting himself. One method was called Cubism, in which the painting did not exactly resemble its subject but was composed of geometric shapes such as squares, circles and trian...more
Appeal: I think this book would appeal to late third or fourth graders because of the different types of pictures. I also think they would really like how the book compares to how things were in Diego Rivera's time to how they are now. It is a great book for sparking great imagining, to...more
Appeal: Large colorful illustrations with cartoon-like block figures, some illustrations resemble those by Diego Rivera, mixed media digital collages, glossary containing words in the order they appear in the text, author's note, sites where the work of Diego Rivera can be found. The author, Tonatiuh, prompts readers to use the...more
Duncan Tonatiuh hand drew, then collaged digitally all the illustrations in his book. This book introduced different styles that artists use through a wide use of vocabulary like cubism, murals, the classics. Duncan Tonatiuh mimics the grander of Rivera's murals in Mexico by mimicking the murals on a double page spread. The author argues that Rivera's murals are timeless in that it depicts all people living together in unity regardless of how fast paced and technological are societies. He uses R...more
This book is appropriate for ages 8+
There are many ways this boo...more
This a picture book about Diego Rivera, a famous Mexican painter. It takes the reader through his youth, when he traveled to Spain and Paris to practice "classical" and "cubism" painting, and how he gave back to his native Mexico. One day Diego was contracted to paint murals about Mexican history and customs. When Diego painted, he combined several types of styles of create his art. His paintings included the history of this country, the struggles of the Mexican people, fights that took p...more
My first picture book "Dear Primo, a letter to my cousin" is published by H N Abrams and will be in stores March 1st, 2010.
My illustrations of the AH1N1 in Mexico were selecte...more