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Me, Frida

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  490 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Like a tiny bird in a big city, Frida Kahlo feels lost and lonely when she arrives in San Francisco with her husband, the famous artist Diego Rivera. It is the first time she has left her home in Mexico. And Frida wants to be a painter too.

But as Frida begins to explore San Francisco on her own, she discovers more than the beauty, diversity, and exuberance of America. She
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Harry N. Abrams
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Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to Hilary by: Found in the library
This picture book shows the part of Frida Kahlo's life where she moves to San Francisco with her husband, feels lonely, misses Mexico and begins to paint. Although this part of Frida's life is well told and described it felt like a small part of her life to focus on. I didn't like the style of the illustrations or the colours much but this was an interesting book to look through.
Lisa Vegan
I wanted to love this book more than I did but I did really enjoy it. Frida Kahlo and San Francisco (San Francisco in 1930-1931, when my mother was there as a teenager) was a big draw for me. Most interestingly, learning about the impetus Frida’s San Francisco trip had on changing her art style and her sense of herself as an artist in her own right, well I found all that fascinating.

I’m not sure whom I’d recommend this book for though. It delves into a lot of psychologically sophisticated feelin
Amanda L
A small slice of Frida's life while living in San Francisco, emerging from the shadow of Diego Rivera and finally coming to the limited critical and public acclaim she received in her lifetime. Great illustration captures Kahlo's overall style and serves as a worthy homage. Surprisingly, some of the illustrations of Frida, especially those in profile, didn't quite capture her likeness in my opinion, and self portraiture is such a critical component of her work. Slight detraction. I also wish it ...more
Jasmine Howard
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
The book called "Me Frida" was about a women named Frida whom was an artist and married her husband Diego Rivera who was a famous artist and they lived in a house in Mexico. Diego recieved a telegram to come to San Franscio and Frida had always wanted to live far away from Mexico. She began to pack her bags to leave with her husband and fly to San Franscio but Frida had never been outside of Mexico before. Frida and her husband found themselves in the city and Diego looked huge while Frida was v ...more
Tammy J
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mc-literature
I felt that this book was a neat book. It spoke about dreams and how they became reality. However, as we all know some good things aren't always as great as we think. Frida was an artist and always dreamed of living in the big city. Well, one day her husband Diego gets a job and they move. At first she likes the city but later realizes that she is lonely and really misses her family back home in Mexico. Since her husband has to work she is left alone and gets bored. She tries to do things to ent ...more
Cynthia ☮ ❤ ❀
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Me, Frida by Amy Novesky
Illustrated by David Diaz
Abrahms, 2010. 32 pgs.
Reading Level: ages 4-8

Me, Frida is a gorgeous lushous visual treat with a story that matches the quality of the illustrations. I would liken the experience of reading this book to falling into one of Frida Kahlo's paintings. However, the illustrator, David Diaz, does not simply copy Frida's style of artistic expression, but adds his own personal touches to that of the famous artist, thereby, creating something quite unique.
Lisa Lathrop
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
1.) "Rosie Revere, Engineer" by Andrea Beaty, 2013

2.) "Me, Frida" is the true story of Frida Kahlo who dreams of becoming a great artist despite being overshadowed by her famous painter-husband, Diego Rivera. Frida often stands "quietly by his side. No one even looked at her." Rosie is a fictional young girl who dreams of becoming a great engineer. Both young women are quiet and shy upon appearance, but through perseverance and determination will not quit until they reach their goals. Frida thr
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Opening this book is like opening a treasure box filled with images that are deep, fiery, passionate and intensely beautiful. This is the story of Frida Kahlo and her travel to San Francisco alongside her husband, artist Diego Rivera. Rivera was hired to paint a mural for the city, but Frida was restless as he started work on it. As Rivera spent longer and longer hours working, Frida was left alone in a a foreign country and big city. She didn’t speak much English and knew almost no one. So Frid ...more
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1-latino-a
Me, Frida is a beautiful picture book biography describing the time in which Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera lived in San Francisco while Rivera worked on the famous mural created for the Pacific Stock Exchange. The colorful and vibrant illustrations are captivating as the reader learns more about Frida as a painter, wife, and visitor in a foreign city. The reader is empowered by Frida’s strength and resilience as she endured the loneliness and disappointment of being in her husband’s s ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Summary:Me, Frida, is about the famous artist, Frida Kahlo and her life. After moving to San Francisco with her husband Diego, Frida was lost. She was a newcomer to a different country and overshadowed by her husband’s fame. Slowly gaining confidence, Frida paves her own way and showcases her talent.

Evaluation: This is a wonderful book about finding strength and confidence in yourself. Frida was able to advocate for herself and prove that she and her craft had value. Her determination is inspir
Edward Sullivan
Well-written, beautifully illustrated introduction to Frida Kahlo.
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love learning about Frida Kahlo's life, and this story was really interesting and informative
Sharyn L.
A FOCAL (Friends of Children and Literature-Los Angeles) award winner.

This book has beautiful illustrations.
Nicole Grote
Me, Frida is a book about Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego. The book follows their new life in San Francisco where Diego was hired to make giant murals. Yet Frida was often left alone to her devices. Many didn’t know that Frida was an artist herself. Frida made many of her own masterpieces. The more people got to know her, the more her work was being recognised. The end of the book tells the story of the painting she made of her and Diego, which became one of her most popular works of art. It's ...more
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Me, Frida
By Amy Novesky
I was excited to read this book because I am obsessed with the Frida soundtrack from the movie. The book mentions more than one occasion on how hard it was for Frida when she moved with her husband to an American city. Her husband Diego was a big time artist and that was basically why they moved in the first place. Many changes occurred with the move and it was hard for her especially at first because not only was she in an English speaking country, (she was from Mexico) s
Amanda Hayes
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Novesky's (Elephant Prince) portrait of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo depicts the artist as a reticent newcomer in a foreign country, who gradually gains self-confidence from her surroundings. Overflowing with compelling imagery ("Frida especially loved Chinatown. It smelled of incense, fish, and fog"), the story also incorporates the motif of Kahlo as a tiny bird. Married to muralist Diego Rivera, Kahlo is overshadowed by her adoring husband's size and reputation: "Diego, big as an elephant; Frid ...more
Shauna Masura
Experience the exotic diversity of San Francisco city life, the sun-drenched fields of California, and the bold artists who were able to capture it all. In Me, Frida by Amy Novesky, famous painter Diego Rivera is sent to San Francisco to paint his famous murals throughout the city, and he must bring his wife Frida Kahlo with him. Despite leaving her beloved home in Mexico, Frida triumphantly finds her way as an artist and develops her own style outside of her husband's fame and influence. Frida' ...more
Me, Frida captures a brief period in the life of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera when they moved to San Francisco where Diego was painting murals for the city. Diego was full of excitement about San Francisco and its buildings as well as the surrounding countryside and its monumental trees. Frida was less enchanted and somewhat bored. She felt ignored by the people who flocked to Diego, and so she set out on her own to find ways in which the city might speak to her. Novesky's writing captures the s ...more
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mc-literature
Me, Frida is a story of Frida Kahlo when she moves to San Francisco with her famous husband Diego Rivera, and her adjustment to being in a new place where she feels small in her husbands shadow. She often refers to herself as a bird, and uses phrasing as such through the story. Through beautiful illustrations, Frida slowly gained confidence in herself and recognized that she did not have to be in her husband's shadow forever, and she too can be a seen as a person of value with talents worth show ...more
Judy Lindow
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Definitely a good aid to lessons for art and art appreciation around Frida Kahlo. This is not the opening book I'd use or the large book with the huge prints of her paintings. It is a good supplement to tell us a small part of her life.

I think it's an important book because it attempts to tell us about her coming into her own with her first well known painting and it lovingly, simply explains the iconic relationship she had with Diego Rivera. Her experience in San Francisco will be enjoyed by l
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book tells the story of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, two artists who became quite famous. But at the time of the story, 1930-1931, the two were living in San Francisco, and only Rivera was well-known. Frida felt lost at first, but started exploring her new surroundings, and finally was inspired by the beauty of the city to begin singing and painting. The text is pleasing and poetic but the artwork is absolutely gorgeous.

Allow me to gush about David Diaz, whose acrylic, charcoal, and varnis
Baby Bookworm
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Summer Reading Day 47: Today's book was Me, Frida by Amy Novesky, and as you could probably guess, it's a children's book about Frida Khalo. The story covers the period of time in which Frida moved with Diego Rivera to San Francisco and felt out of place and homesick. Eventually, of course, she worked hard, painted, and carved a life for herself by being herself, and all of that is covered here
Nicole Perez
Gorgeous book: gorgeous illustration and gorgeous language that captures a part of Mexican artist Frida's life. It's a biographical picture book that tells about the time when Frida and her husband, artist Diego Rivera, stay in San Francisco while he works on murals throughout the city. Despite her husband's fame, and being known as Diego's wife, she finds out who she is as an artist, and she develops her own artistic painting style. This was an appealing read for me because I love art, especial ...more
A storybook about one of my favorite artists, Frida Kahlo, illustrated by David Diaz. His pictures tend to be like looking into a prism anyway, but in this book he's using a technique of painting on "primed linen," and whatever that involves, it's lush and technicolor -- a perfect fit for a book about Frida and Diego's trip to San Francisco. This isn't a full-life-story kind of biography (Frida is shown with a cane, but there is no mention of her accident), but it focuses on this important trip ...more
Vanessa Kriiger
Feb 25, 2013 rated it liked it
I found this book to be delightful and engaging not only for the text but the visual stimulation it gives to children as well. The illustrations are authentic to Frida the artist. The illustrator David Dias vivid colors are absolutely beautiful. He also takes some freedom with his art as well. As one page illustrates Frida and her husband flying to the United States likes birds instead of portraying them in a airplane or other mode of transportation. The text not only talks about Frida in a biog ...more
Eileen Corbett
Apr 19, 2011 rated it liked it
This inspiring story tells how Frida Kahlo moved to San Francisco with her famous husband, the artist, Diego Rivera. Frida and Diego explored San Francisco and went to social events, yet Frida felt alone. Eventually Frida found the courage to step out of her comfort zone and explore her own talents and dreams. She became a famous artist in her own right, and her story is an inspiration to others.

David Diaz is a well known artist, and his illustrations in this book have brought even more recognit
The artwork in this book is unique and colorful much like that of the artist's the story is about. I've always found Frida to be beautiful in her confidence and self-esteem. I think she has certain qualities that would be good models for young girls in today's world. This book is appropriate for young readers because it only goes into her beginnings of becoming an artist and shows her first painting in her style she became famous for. I also think students today could relate to her self portrait ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This picture book on Mexican painter Frida Kahlo focuses on the time she and her husband, muralist Diego Rivera, spent in San Francisco, California, where she developed her own style of painting. I've been fascinated with Kahlo ever since I first heard of her, and love to read books about her life. This one was especially delightful because of David Diaz's colorful, enchanting illustrations. I especially like the last 2-page spread, with Kahlo in her glory, dressed in her beautiful traditional M ...more
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This 2011 Pura Belpre Honor book is now in paperback. It focuses on the time she spent in San Francisco when she accompanied her husband Diego Rivera as he worked on a mural for the city. The text presents the story, giving many facts about her life in the city as she grows to embrace it and eventually find her voice in her artwork. The stunning acrylic, charcoal and varnish illustrations evoke Frida’s style with its bold color and stylized human figures.

I would recommend this paperback edition
Jul 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Picture book
The story comprises a slice of artist Frida Kahlo’s life after she was married to mural artist Diego Rivera. The color schemes used in the illustration are beautiful and make this a wonderful picture book for older readers. They are made up of dramatic lines and rich, deep colors. Diego Rivera was asked to paint a mural in San Francisco and Frida accompanied him on the trip. While he painted she wandered the city. Frida missed Mexico and began to paint. She painted a wedding portrait
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