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Sunday 17 April 2016

Review: Frida Kahlo

The latest in this superb series of biographical picture books, we follow the life of Frida Kahlo, her journey through misfortune, love, tragedy and most of all... art.

Frida lived an incredibly rich life, stretched over several countries and places. Her life was also rich in colour and creativity, but also intense physical pain, which left her somewhat crippled, and suffering an early death.

Nonetheless, this abridged bio that will appeal to upper primary and older, is magically-told, written with just enough detail to enchant, and plenty of positive and uplifting beauty.

Featuring Nina Cosford's delicately-crafted watercolour illustrations that move from full-page spreads to morsels beneath text, the book is also visually entrancing, with 128 pages to delight in.

Perfect for projects and assignments, or just, as was the way with me--sheer pleasure.

The other books in the Life Portraits series include Coco Chanel, Jane Austen and Virginia Woolf. It makes me so happy to see a children's book series that focuses on women, not men--not in the least bit because I don't esteem men, but because the balance is so very off.

Can't wait to see who will next be featured.

Title: Frida Kahlo
Author: Zena Alkayat
Illustrator: Nina Cosford
Publisher: Frances Lincoln, $19.99
Publication Date: 3 March 2016
Format: Hard cover, small format
ISBN: 9780711237162
For ages: 7+
Type: Picture Book, Biography