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Diego Rivera: His World and Ours

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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

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Harry N. Abrams
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I didn't really like this book about Diego Rivera. I thought the text explained his life fairly well. The multi-media style of art was interesting, but I have a few complaints about this book.

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
Mary Larkin
Diego Rivera His World and Ours
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.

Comprehension Questions:
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
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours – Primary book #4

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
Dorothy Schultz
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“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
Audience: Primary

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
Kathleen Whitaker
This book "Diego Rivera" by Duncan Tonatiuh, does what most primary books do, tell you a story and encourage you to create art. This book introduces young students, ages 5 and up, to artist Diego Rivera. The book introduces Diego and his works to readers and discusses some of the styles that he used, such as classical and cubism. Cubism is a method in which the painting does not exactly resemble its subject but is composed of geometric shapes such as squares, circles and triangles. Needless to s ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
One of the things I liked about this 2012 Pura Belpre Award winner was its illustrations by Duncan Tonatiuh, who imitated the Aztec style of drawing people, which Rivera loved. The emphasis in this biography is on Rivera's career and his love for ancient Mexican art and civilization. I wasn't so thrilled with the speculations on what he would paint if he were alive today, which took up 9 pages. Basically, it as an exercise in applying Rivera's technique to today's subjects, which I wasn't intere ...more
Mary Mayfield
Audience: primary
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
Ardea Smith
Title / Author / Publication Date: Diego Rivera: His World and Ours/Duncan Tonatiuh/2011

Genre: Non-Fiction, Picture Book

Format: Hardcover

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
Petter Ruenes
Feb 25, 2015 Petter Ruenes rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: PreK-3rd Grade
About the book:
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
Emma Hoyer
I really liked how the message of this book was that art is important and so is culture. Culture can be shown through art, and it’s important to not lose that. Diego Rivera dedicated much of his life to art and preserving cultures in the form of murals, according to this book, and it prompts children of the generations that live now to do much the same. One of the most profound and interesting parts of this book is when the author, Duncan Tonatiuh, asks the reader what they think Diego Rivera wo ...more
Meaghan Grady
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours By: Duncan Tonatiuh, 2011
Meaghan G., Spring 2015
Pages: 33
** Pura Belpre(illustrator) Award Winner**

Diego Rivera: His World and Ours is a very informative and historical read for readers in 3rd-6th grade. For the younger grades (3rd-4th) it would be very informative on how Diego Rivera was as an artist and the historical background of Spanish Culture. For the older grades (5th-6th) this read is very historical and gives the readers lots of historical background as
On a recent trip to the library I discovered a book about Diego Rivera as I searched through the racks of the biography section of the children’s wing. I was excited to see such a colorful and culturally inspired picture book about the famous Mexican artist. By glancing at the front cover, which boasts a motif similar to that of ancient South American drawings, I could tell that this book, Diego Rivera his world and ours by Duncan Tonatiuh, encompassed Rivera’s love for the Mexican people. Howev ...more
Broghan Schlicher
This book is a biography and is called Diego Rivera: His World and Ours. It is by Duncan Tonatiuh. The book 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. Just as Diego's murals depicted great historical events in Mexican culture or celebrated native peoples. I wasn't that found of this book, but h ...more
Diego Rivera is one of the best painters in the world. This book by Duncan Tonatiuh is a great homage to the life of Diego Rivera. The book talks about how Diego became a great painter by moving to Spain and then France. He learned about many different styles and started painting murals in Mexico and the United States. Duncan does a great job at using English as well as Spanish in the book. Do not be afraid though, there is a glossary at the back of the book that shows the translation (most word ...more
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
This book talks about Diego Rivera's art and how his style developed and what he might have painted if he were alive today. My guess is that this will likely get a serious look by this year's Belpre committee as well.
Sara Mostek
Audience: Grades K-3
Appeal: Great illustrations; mural history of Mexican culture
Awards: Tosas Rivera Book Award, American Library Association Notable Books for Children (Won), Pura Belpre Award (Won)
Christine Watson
Pura Belpre Award:
This book won the Pura Belpre Award for illustrations in 2012. This award is given to Latino/Latina authors and illustrators whose work best celebrates the Latino cultural experience. This is the story of the artist Diego Rivera's life. The text and pictures make his life story accessible to elementary students. The major theme would be creativity. I think that this book could be used by art teachers when teaching about famous artists or styles. I used this book last year to te
Jennifer Lanman
This is a book about a boy who lives in Mexico City. He loves to paint and went to Spain to study art. He later came back to his hometown and started painting many murals. He painted everything like a big city or wrestlers. This book shows Diego's murals teach us about our past and to show that all boys and girls living in the same place may be different but should all care for one another. This book can be used in art class and each student has to draw a mural of where they orientated from. The ...more
Paul Farbman
Apr 25, 2014 Paul Farbman rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Third Grade
This is a wonderful book portraying not only Mexican culture, but cultures from around the world. It features Spanish words, art terms, Mexican customs, and historical reflections.

Just as the artist Diego Rivera used a combination of art forms from around the world, Duncan Tonatiuh used a combination of hand drawn illustrations combined with computer collage. Some of the most interesting collage scenes include hand drawn aliens against real photographs of space and real stadium lights behind a h
Along with introducing Digeo Rivera and his work to readers, the author touches upon styles used. Such as classical and cubism. Defining both easily into the text.

"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
Jim Erekson
I enjoyed the basic outline of Rivera's history, and the parallels Tonatiuh tries to draw between Rivera's early-20th-century material and current material were worth thinking about. As with many other picturebook biographies about visual artists, this book does not stand alone well. It demands familiarity with Diego Rivera, either beforehand or after this introduction. I would not read it with kids without a field trip, a big art book to look at, or a pile of google images.

Tonatiuh's illustrat
Audience: ages 4-7, those interested in Spanish or Latino culture, painters, boys and girls
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
Author/illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh creates a wonderful book that depicts the accomplishments of Mexican painter Diego Rivera, and his journey from childhood. Tonatiuh masterfully couples text and illustration that stay true to muralist Diego Rivera's style and messages. Rivera's passion and talent are evident from a young age, but still possesses characteristics relatable to children. Tonatiuh presents information for a good understanding of the ideals that Diego Rivera held, and his lasting eff ...more
Diego Rivera: His World and Ours is a non-fiction picture book biography of the famous fresco painter, Diego Rivera. It tells of his early life and how he came to become interested in avant-garde painting styles like that of Picasso and cubism. We learn about Mexican history and their customs through both the words and amazing illustrations. The story of colonial conquest is mentioned, as well as the indigenous history of Mexico. The picture book strikes a really great balance between offering b ...more
Brittnee Pettie
Comments: “Diego Rivera: His World and Ours” by Duncan Tonatiuh, is a beautifully illustrated and narrated story based on the life of the renowned artist, Diego Rivera. The elements of the story work well together as the message of the life of Rivera is clear throughout the narration of the story and the illustrations help to bond one idea to another. I appreciate Tonatiuh’s authenticity and inclusion of specific aspects of Mexican culture. I believe that readers from diverse backgrounds will be ...more
Kaycee Albertson
“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.” In Diego Rivera, Duncan Tonatiuh takes the reader through the history of a famous artist in Hispanic history. The story trails Diego’s life and the important impact that he made on the culture through the art, while also connecting the history to children’s modern-day lives. The artwork in this book makes it highly memorable, as the ...more
Week 12
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
Carly Allen
"His World Will Become Your World!" A fun take on a biography for children about the famous twentieth century artist, Diego Rivera. The book is a written with two different concepts. The first half is about Diego’s “world” and looks at Diego’s life and paintings. The second half is thought provoking and encourages young readers to analyze what they’ve learned and respond by answering questions like what they think Diego Rivera’s paintings would be like today. It even includes an author’s note wi ...more
Tabitha Kim
Are you someone who loves art? Do you like to draw or paint pictures in your spare time? Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an artist? Diego Rivera: His World and Ours by Duncan Tonatiuh illustrates the life and accomplishments of Mexican painter and muralist Diego Rivera. Diego Rivera traveled to many places to study and learn several different techniques and forms of art by other artists around the world and has often painted history through his murals too. This is a very inspiring bo ...more
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I was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I received my BFA from Parsons School of Design and my BA from Eugene Lang College, both of them divisions of the New School University in New York City.

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
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