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Diego Rivera: His World and Oursby Duncan Tonatiuh
Synopses & Reviews
and#160;Diego Rivera offers young readers unique insight into the life and artwork of the famous Mexican painter and muralist. The book follows Riveraandrsquo;s career, looking at his influences and tracing the evolution of his style. His work often called attention to the culture and struggles of the Mexican working class. Believing that art should be for the people, he created public murals in both the United States and Mexico, examples of which are included. The book contains a list of museums where you can see Riveraandrsquo;s art, a historical note, a glossary, and a bibliography.
Praise for Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People
andquot;With engaging prose that is beautifully illustrated with Diego Riveraandrsquo;s paintings and murals, this spacious volume introduces the great Mexican artist to young people. Accompanied by crisply reproduced color images of both the bright, minutely detailed murals as well as archival photos of the artist at work, the accessible account discusses how Diego constructed his art...andquot;
--Booklist, starred review
andquot;The stunning illustrations include images of Riveraandrsquo;s murals, his andldquo;cartoonandrdquo; drawings, reproductions of art that he found influential, and photographs. The design, with scrollwork along the top and bottom and an unusual placement of page numbers, exudes style. The text is clearly written, straightforward, and attention-grabbing, with a good number of quotes interspersed throughout.andquot;
--School Library Journal, starred review
andquot;A carefully researched, cogently argued and handsomely produced appreciation.andquot;
andquot;There is life to these pages, and breadth to its subject. Short enough to reward a wary reader but with enough context and clarity to bring Diego to life, Rubin takes a tricky guy for kids to know about and makes him precisely what he was: bigger than life.andquot;
--School Library Journal, Fuse 8 Blog
andquot;Enhanced by gorgeously reproduced photos and artwork, Rubinandrsquo;s account follows the Mexican artist from his early drawings andmdash; as a small child, he was given free rein in a room andldquo;covered with black canvas as high as he could reachandrdquo; andmdash; through his eventful, productive life.andquot;
--The Washington Post
andquot;Rubin traces Riveraandrsquo;s life from his emergent boyhood talent, through the formal studio education that left him restless and professionally unsatisfied, to realizing his calling to create massive public artworks for the common people, celebrating the dignity of their labor.andquot;
--Bulletin of the Center for Childrenand#39;s Books
School Library Journal Best Book of 2013
Best Multicultural Childrenand#39;s Books 2013 (Center for the Study of Multicultural Childrenand#39;s Literature)
Notable Childrenand#39;s Books from ALSC 2014
Notable Books for a Global Society Book Award 2014
"Suggestive of stained glass windows, Tonatiuh's mixed-media collages combine ancient Mexican art motifs with blocky, stylized figures, to pay tribute to this versatile artist. Rivera paired classical and modern techniques with traditional Mexican aesthetics to create socially and politically relevant murals. Tonatiuh invites readers to speculate about what Rivera might paint if he were alive today — 'would he paint students at their desks... just as he painted factory workers in the production line?' — while creating vignettes whose symmetries draw further connections between past and present. Tonatiuh's biography celebrates Rivera, but focuses on the inspiration driving artistic expression in his time and in our own. Ages 5 — 9. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Funny Bones tells the story of how the amusing calaverasandmdash;skeletons performing various everyday or festive activitiesandmdash;came to be. They are the creation of Mexican artist Josandeacute; Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (1852andndash;1913). In a country that was not known for freedom of speech, he first drew political cartoons, much to the amusement of the local population but not the politicians. He continued to draw cartoons throughout much of his life, but he is best known today for his calavera drawings. They have become synonymous with Mexicoandrsquo;s Dandiacute;a de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. Juxtaposing his own art with that of Lupeandrsquo;s, author Duncan Tonatiuh brings to light the remarkable life and work of a man whose art is beloved by many but whose name has remained in obscurity.
The book includes an authorandrsquo;s note, bibliography, glossary, and index.
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. But as Frida begins to explore San Francisco on her own, she discovers the inspiration she needs to become one of the most celebrated artists of all time. Me, Frida is an exhilarating true story that encourages children to believe in themselves so they can make their own dreams soar.
About the Author
Duncan Tonatiuh was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He is a recent graduate of Parsons the New School for Design in New York City, where he studied writing and illustration. His first book, Dear Primo, was published in spring 2010. He divides his time between New York City and Mexico.
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