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Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is one of Mexico's greatest artists, a remarkable achievement for someone who spent most of her relatively short life racked with pain. Frida expressed her pain through her art, producing some 143 paintings, 55 of which were self-portraits. To this day, she remains an icon of strength, courage and audacity. This brief biography provides a glimpse ...more
Paperback, 71 pages
Published 2015 by TPRS Publishing Inc
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This book was fairly easy to comprehend. I took Spanish in high school for four years, and am now in my second and final quarter of Spanish in college. I did have to look up some of the words in the back of the book, but I did not have to keep switching back and forth between the pages in order to read it. Reading it helped to expand my Spanish vocabulary, but I really enjoyed reading it because I learned about the hidden aspects of Frida Kahlo's life. I was not sure that I was interested in ...more
I am a Spanish teacher and included this book as part of our Frida Kahlo unit. The reading level is low and easy, which is helpful. This book does a nice, clean job of laying out key events in Frida's life. There is one chapter, about China Poblano, that seems out of place and awkward, but otherwise the rest of the stories were ones I know from my experience with Frida bios. A good book option for learning about Frida's life at a G-rated level of content (rather than the R rated truths).
This novel on Frida Kahlo was interesting, insightful, and fairly easy to read. Taking Spanish at the intermediate level, I was able to get through the book and very seldom refered to the glossary to translate. I was interested in reading the book because, as of recently, Frida Kahlo has become more iconic. I also have seen the movie Frida with Selma Hyak in the past. The story was very straightforward with a matter-of-fact tone. The tragedies of her life did not come off very sad. I did ...more
I really enjoyed this biography about Frida Kahlo. It speaks about her childhood and early adulthood in depth, and I learned many things about her that I did not know before. My only issue with the book is that it did not talk very much about her life in later adulthood, which is the time she is most famous for. I found this quite odd because that was the part I was expecting the book to be mostly about. Another thing I didnt like was that the novel ended very abruptly. Other than that I have no ...more
I find Frida Kahlo to be an interesting figure in history and in Spanish studies overall, so I enjoyed reading this biography. For being a much smaller biography than others, it was dense with information. It did seem to focus more of her earlier years than on her and her actual works, the latter of which I wish they did more of here. Ive taken Spanish for three years at my university and while this book seem to be more geared towards those with more experience with reading just in Spanish, I ...more