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. Ju
Since this book is about an artist, my son and I were confused about whether the artwork in the book was Rivera's or not. The artwork is NOT Rivera's and I felt that this was a huge disservice to the artist and to us as readers. I had to go online to find artwork done by Rivera which defeats the purpose of ...more
Text to Self Connection: I find myself to be similar to the main character Diego, due to our dedication to school and bettering our education by traveling out of the country. We both traveled to Europe to study, and then returned to our homeland to pursue our dreams.
1) Above all else, what was Diego Rivera’s passion as a child, and into his adult life?
2) The title includes: His World and Ours, why do you believe Tonatiuh used this as an addi ...more
“Diego Rivera: His World and Ours” by Duncan Tonatiuh.
The audience: upper primary and intermediate grades (3-5th)because of the emphases on Diego Rivera’s art and the different cultures and countries.
Genre: Upper Primary and Intermediate Nonfiction Biography.
“Diego Rivera: His World and Ours” this story is a Pura Belpre Award book that focuses on the Diego becoming one of the most famous painters of the twentieth century. This story tells how as a young man Diego ...more
1. How many of you like to draw? (Wait for response) Now how many of you like to draw things that occur in our world today, like communicating with technology, playing mainly video games, and so forth? (wait for response) I know many of you enjoy drawing, but have you ever been to a museum and seen that most of the art pieces from a long time ago reflect wars, and things that occurred in whatever community the artist was from? If you haven’t I ho ...more
Genre: Picture Book
Text to Self: After reading this book, I was reminded of a recent trip that I took to Kansas City. Last month, I visited the Nelson Art Museum to view the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo art exhibit. The illustrator of this book, Duncan Tonatiuh, did a fantastic job capturing Rivera's unique artistic style and modifying it for a children's picture book. The book describes the murals that Diego Rivera painted, which he created in an effort to capture the Mexican ...more
Genre: Non-Fiction, Picture Book
Plot summary: 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.(GoodReads)
Considerations or precautions for readers adviso ...more
Genre: children's (biography)
Mental image quote: He wanted to celebrate the things that were special to Mexico and wanted Mexicans, from all distant parts of the land, to learn about their culture and feel proud. (P. 11)
I chose this quote because I truly could imagine people (particularly students) using his paintings of Mexico's history to learn about their cultural past. It breaks my heart to see that my students from Mexico seem to be caught between the "Americanism" that the ...more
Plot: Brief biography of Diego Rivera, as well as an introduction to the styles he practiced, and a final section on what Diego Rivera might paint today.
Review citation: SLJ 2010
Source: Children's Core Collection
Recommended age: 4-6
"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
The book tells the story of Diego Rivera on his journey to different countries and cultures, and how he came to be a famous artist. Everything is wrapped in a fun and engaging package, while providing facts about his life as well as introducing numerous painting styles such as cubism.
The book's artstyle is inviting. The background does a good job of promoting the characters, which are made in a cartoonish way. The characters hair is taken from photographs of real hair and it real ...more
“Diego Rivera: His World and Ours” is considered a work of realistic fiction. Specifically, however, it would be considered historical fiction as it was based off of the true-life events of Diego Rivera and it also noted numerous events and traditions in Mexican history.
Duncan Tonatiuh’s “Diego Rivera: His World and Ours” received the 2012 Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award.
4) Text-to-World Connection:
It is possible to make numerous text-t ...more
Copyright Date: 2011
Target Audience: The target audience for this book is primary level readers because every page has large illustrations, very few words on each page, and does not require an advanced vocabulary to read it.
Genre: The genre of this book is nonfiction biography because it is the story of Diego Rivera's (real person) life written by another person. The book also has a glossary and references.
Text-To-World Connection: I would connect this book to the gr ...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
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
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
Tonatiuh's illustrat ...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
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