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My Papa Diego and Me/Mi papa Diego y yo: Memories of My Father and His Art/Recuerdos de mi padre y su arte

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"When most people think of my father, Diego Rivera, they think of him as a famous painter... His hard work, dedication, and talent taught me that if you work hard at your passion, you can achieve your dreams." Guadalupe Rivera Marin had a very unusual childhood, growing up among world famous artwork. Her papa, Diego Rivera, was a larger-than-life figure who created unforge ...more
Hardcover, 29 pages
Published August 18th 2009 by Children's Book Press
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Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Readers Interested in Art, or in Diego Rivera Specifically
Part family memoir, part artistic retrospective, this picture-book from Guadalupe Rivera Marín does give some background information about the life of her famous father, the celebrated Mexican painter Diego Rivera, but it focuses more on his artwork, and on giving the stories behind some of his well-known paintings. From Picos con Naranja, in which the author herself is depicted (with orange) as a young girl, to La familia, in which an impoverished family, taken in and aided by Diego Rivera, is ...more
L13F_Jana Wilkening
This America’s Award Honor book for 2010 is written by Diego Rivera’s daughter, Guadalupe. I love the photograph of Diego and Guadalupe on the inside title page! The book is written in both English and Spanish. She provides a short introduction to the book where she talks about how her father loved children and wanted them all to be “cared for, educated, and encouraged.” This certainly showed a new side to Diego Rivera! Each page includes a full size painting of Diego Rivera’s that includes a ch ...more
My children and I enjoyed (but didn't fall in love with) this book written by Diego Rivera's daughter. I found the stories interesting and appreciated hearing stories tied to the artwork. I found the painting La Familia and the story surrounding it especially touching. (I teach at an inner city school with many immigrants from Mexico. Often, as I have met with parents, I have learned that they grew up in small towns with little schooling available. Often, I learn that they completed only first g ...more
Q_michelene Haggard
Written by Diego's daughter, Guadalupe Rivera Marin. Each page is in English and Spanish and includes a painting by Diego Rivera. I love this format (Spanish, English, using the artist's work as illustrations) and that is why I gave it a 5. The artist's paintings give an authentic insight into his life. I would use this for all ages. The format is good for those learning either English or Spanish. This book is more of a memoir than a biography. It also focuses on the culture of Mexico and Rivera ...more
Casey Strauss
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a creative way to present information about Diego Rivera and the inspirations behind his artwork. Written in both English and Spanish, this picture book is written by Guadalupe Rivera Marin, with her father's paintings as the images. Next to each painting is narrative by Marin, refecting over her realtionship with her father, his inspirations as an artist, and stories about her culture. Language is used in an authentic manner, and culture is represented in an authentic way as well.
In both English and Spanish, a daughter explains the meaning of her father's paintings. Easy text that makes each painting more memorable and significant through memories.
Sep 14, 2013 rated it liked it
The author of this charming bilingual memoir is the daughter of one of Mexico’s most famous artists, Diego Rivera. All the illustrations are reproductions of his work. His daughter, quite accomplished in her own right, explains some of the pictures painted by her father (who died in 1957), many of which featured her and her family.

For example, here is her description of a picture of her childhood friend Ignacio Sanchez:

Do you see Ignacio’s short hair and his overalls? When I was little, my fathe
Dec 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This distinctive biography is written by Diego Rivera’s daughter, Gaudalupe Marin Rivera, in both Spanish and English. It is illustrated with reproductions of big and bold artwork that mimics her father’s larger-than-life personality. It’s hard to turn back once you open this striking picture book and are confronted with endpapers that feature Rivera’s most famous and riveting mural, "Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park." It shows Diego Rivera as a boy, Frida Kahlo as a grown-up, and a h ...more
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is written by Diego Rivera's daughter, Guadalupe Rivera Marin. Each page is in English and Spanish and includes a painting by Diego Rivera. The paintings represent her special memories of her father's life. She explains Mexican traditions, family life, rural life including Rivera's love for his country and people. Through his art, students can not only see life in rural Mexico in the early part of the twentieth-century, but learn about Diego's commitment to justice and equality. She di ...more
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked this book because it combines art and culture through the life of artist Diego Rivera. The illustrations in the book are the paintings by Rivera in which the text explains the why or who is in the painting and the culture behind it if there is any. Majority of the paintings dont have the Latino culture represented in them, so I dont think this book would be good to introduce this culture to a classroom however it would be a good book to introduce a Diego Rivera while learning about the L ...more
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Theme: art, painting, history

Characters: artist Diego Rivera, daughter Gaudalupe Rivera Marin

Marin shares family photos and digitial representations of Rivera's original art pieces. Each painting is explained through Marin's experiences. The afterward addes artwork credites and captions for the family photos. There are also mini biographies for Marin and Diego in the back.

Reviewed from a library copy.
Age: 2nd - 5th grade
Media: oil on canvas
Illustrator Style: Blend of traditional Mexican folk art, cubism, and expressionism

Diego Rivera’s daughter recounts special memories behind thirteen paintings of Rivera’s. Guadalupe explores Mexican traditions, rural life, and family life—including her father’s interactions with her as the subject of his paintings. Both in Spanish and English this is a great introduction to another language (both for the reader and the listener).
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: americas-award
Absolutely loved the perspective of Diego Rivera's daughter! Some books do not provide such a 'rosy' picture of Diego, but this one was heartfelt. The daughter describes her experience as his daughter and her most favorite moments. Illustrations are intriguing and include some of Diego's paintings. A must read along with the other books about Diego!
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
A beautiful book that serves as a wonderful introduction for children to the are of Diego Rivera. From reading this book, children can picture him as a child himself, and then as a loving father to his little girl. A great way to make an intimidating world-renowned author into a real person. The inclusion of the Spanish text is a real plus as well.
L13 Tracy Beling
May 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It is written by his daughter and she describes who some of the people are in her father's pictures and the circumstance under which they were painted. This would be great for our art teacher to use. I really liked it because we have 2 of his prints in our house. It was fascinating to know the story behind them!
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biographical
I was kind of disappointed by this book. I wish there were more stories, or info, or memories about Diego himself as well as his daughters. Each painting was accompanied by a very brief and almost boring description of its contents. I really wanted to like this; I just felt like anyone could have written these descriptions of Rivera's work. They were just really one-dimensional.
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
A loving tribute from a daughter to her father. The art is beautiful, of course and this is a wonderful way to introduce it to kids.
Jan 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Simple little bio about Diego Rivera and his daughter Guadalupe. She tells the story behind some of his paintings.
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
A really unique biography written by Diego Rivera's daughter. She tells the stories behind many of his paintings, including ones for which she and her friends were the models.
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