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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,165 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
When her mother was worn out from caring for her five sisters, her father gave her lessons in brushwork and color. When polio kept her bedridden for nine months, drawing saved her from boredom. When a bus accident left her in unimaginable agony, her paintings expressed her pain and depression - and eventually, her joys and her loves. Over and over again, Frida Kahlo turned ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Arthur A. Levine Books (first published 2002)
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Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am doing a great artist study with my kinders and I got this book to introduce them to Frida Kahlo. What a great book! The art is fantastic and gives a good intro for kids to Frida. I checked this out from the library, but this is definitely one I am going to buy for my classroom!
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
If you want young readers to know “just the facts, ma’am,” about renowned Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, then this is your book. The vague narrative mentions the effects of polio and a bus accident “that is too nightmarish to describe here,” on Frida’s health. In addition to this melodramatic condescension to young readers, which according to the recommended age groups (Grades 3-6) should be old enough to read less formless details of her life, Winter also fails to mention her distinct experience ...more
Picked this up at the library because I've always been fascinated by Frida Kahlo and I've been on a streak of positive Mexican girl role models.

This was a really cute book but I'm almost sure it helps to be familiar with Frida and her artwork. I'm not sure if a kid would get too much out of the actual story of Frida beyond the cute story it would be to a child.

That being said, I found this story to be a little sad. When you see Frida's body pain, the fact she suffered such pain all her life, and
This book is about a woman named Frida Kahlo. Frida was a great painted from mexico. the book tells the story of her life and how she became a great painter. The book also tells the story of how she got hit by a bus and she almost died. Frida is a very famous artist from Mexico.
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A great introduction to Frida Kahlo, although inconsistent. Parts are glossed over, and parts are oddly focused on. But it covers many basics about the artist, and I think Kahlo would appreciate the art she inspired here.
Lisa Rathbun
A great introduction to this artist. The pictures are unique and strange and tie in with her actual art. I enjoyed reading this to my daughter to help introduce her to Frida.
Tory Haberman
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Frida by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Ana Juan, is a great picturebook for any age range. The book reflects on the author’s life growing up through beautiful paintings and artistic detail. Frida Kahlo’s father, at a young age, gave her lessons in color and brushwork. Then, when Frida caught polio (which kept her in bed for months), she drew and drew which saved her from the boredom that overcame her. Unfortunately, she was left crippled after a terrible bus accident that was so unimaginably a ...more
Maria Thompson
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-life-stories
Awards: None

Grade Level: 1st-4th

Frida is little girl born in Mexico. She learns how to paint from her father who works as an artist. Frida gets very sick as a child, and is bed ridden for months. To keep from being board, Frida colors, draws, and paints for most of the day. Frida gets better and can attend school again. One day when she was a teenager, her bus had an accident and Frida almost dies in the hospital. Once again while she is in the hospital, Frida paints everyday. Frida is
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic introduction to Frida Kahlo for young children. I read this book to my preschool class. They were intrigued by the art and asked lots of questions. I know the details of Frida’s life aren’t exactly “kid friendly” but this book did a great job of telling the children about her while not describing things in detail. Frida is my favorite artist so it was really fun to share with my students!
RLL22016Mirella Carreno
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
A simple biography of her early life and how her accidents inspired her to paint and how painting saved her life. Students can see and learn facts about her paintings. The illustrator explained that she used elements from Mexican folk art that Frida would have seen in her childhood.
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Uninspired and staccato writing. There are many other books about Frida Kahlo that are much better.
Javier Cabra
Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it
"Pinta lo que ven sus ojos y lo que siente su corazón"

The illustrations are beautiful in this book. Shout out to Ana Juan. The book gives a brief bio of Frida's life for a two year old.
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A gorgeous and necessary little biography.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
A perfect present for children. Laila loves it and so does her mother
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: life
1. Awards received: This book has not received any awards.

2. Appropriate grade level(s): This book is appropriate for preschool to grade 3

3. Summary: This books focuses on the life and struggles of Frida Kahlo. This books tells of Frida’s life from birth to adulthood. As a child, Frida was plagued by polio. Her father had shared his art techniques with her at a young age, so she used art to keep her from boredom. As an adult, Frida got into a devastating bus accident, which left her crippled. Ag
Christina Cabezas
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Title: Frida
Author: Jonah Winter
Illustrator: Ana Juan
Genre: Biography (grades K-2)
Theme(s): Art, perseverance, beauty through pain.
Opening line/sentence:
Frida enters the world.

Brief Book Summary: This book explores the life of the famous female artist, Frida Kahlo. The book begins at her birth, details her journey through life including her struggles, injuries and other hardships that she endured. It explains in kid-friendly terms how she used painting and Art to express herself during her mos
RLL22018 Danielle Razo
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: info-bio
Frida is a book that retells the story of Frida Kahlo's life. Frida lived a very tragic life: she had a terrible marriage, polio, and a tragic bus accident that altered her life forever. Frida feels hopeless, but find solace in painting. Through her pain, Frida creates beautiful paintings. Although this book does not go into the nitty gritty of her life, the book retells her story in a way that is easy for kids to digest. The illustrations are classic, Mexican-vibes that are easy on the eyes. Th ...more
Marlene Murphy
This biographical text illustrates the life of Frida Khalo through many trials and tribulations as a young girl. She suffers from polio and a horrific bus accident that leaves her body handicapped and riddled with pain for the rest of her life. But these things only inspire Frida to continue her passion, painting. It offers her solace and companionship as she recovers and spends time alone due to her illness and disability. Her passion inspires hope. Society needs to be reminded of the resilienc ...more
Lidia Alarcon
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life
Awards: N/A

Appropriate grade level(s): pre-k - 3

Summary: This book tells the struggles Frida Kahlo faced throughout her life. Such as having polio and getting into a horrible accident. Frida took her painful emotions and used them in her art.

Review: This book is great for introducing children to Frida. It gives so much information about her. I really like how the illustrations sort of reflects her works.

In-class uses: (1) make a self-portrait. (2) women's history month.
Zoraida Rivera Morales
This book shows how Frida overcamed her pain and sickness through her paintings. I like the telling, although the wording could be more precise. I believe Fridas suffering is mentioned more than necessary for a picture book. The illustrations are lovely; yet at times led me to expect that the story would go in directions it didn't.

I liked that it portrayed Frida's ferocious spirit.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVE this book and the illustrations are absolutely beautiful. This isn't just perfect for children but also a great book for adults because it's whimsical and reminds us of the spirited drive that made Frida Kahlo such an impressive, unforgettable woman and artist.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, evocative imagery and a story that sums up the main events in Frida Kahlo's life.
Given the nature of her story (illness, the accident, the kinds of paintings she produced), I would recommend this book to a 12-year-old, not to a preschooler.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Rogene Carter
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Absolutely gorgeous.
Sydney Matejik
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Title (italicize): Frida
Author: Jonah Winter
Illustrator (if separate from author): Ana Juan
Genre: Primary Grades Biography
Theme(s): Art, Individuality, Strength, Miracle
Opening line/sentence (type directly from text): “Frida enters the world.”
Brief Book Summary (2-3 sentences in your own words): Frida Kahlo’s childhood is recounted and shows her immediate connection to art. After facing tragedies, Frida always returns to her art and the healing it causes her. Frida’s life struggles are noted but
Alejandra Castellanos-Mata
The illustrations are the best part!
Lynn  Davidson
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is the story of Frida Kahlo, a Mexican artist who learned to paint as a young girl. Her art kept her going through tragedy and much physical pain.
Donna Siebold
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Colorful imaginative story of the life and paintings of Frida Kahlo.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
"She turns her pain into something beautiful. It is like a miracle." From being taken ill with polio as a child, to a debilitating bus accident as a teenager, Frida's life was not an easy one. This book takes you through the very basics of her life and shows how she is able to use her pain and hard experiences to make art that appeals to many.
The illustrations were my favorite part of this book. They mimic Frida Kahlo's unique style and pull from traditional Mexican folk art as well. I liked the
Sutton Stacey
Frida is a beautiful picture book with lots of famous people like Mohammad Ali, Dizzy Gillespie, and Frida’s husband Diego Rivera. One interesting thing about this book is that there is no dialogue. The book was okay in my opinion, I found it boring.
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