Viva Frida

Viva Frida
Written and Illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Publisher’s Summary:
Frida Kahlo, one of the world’s most famous and unusual artists is revered around the world. Her life was filled with laughter, love, and tragedy, all of which influenced what she painted on her canvases.

Distinguished author/illustrator Yuyi Morales illuminates Frida’s life and work in this elegant and fascinating book.

Primary Source Pairing:
Sparse, purposeful text with exquisite, intricate illustrations tell the story of famous artist Frida Kahlo in this beautiful book. Yuyi Morales has created a book full of visual learning opportunities for readers. Each page holds a new masterpiece to study and analyze. Invite students to look for all the small details in the puppets and figures used in the illustrations in the book. For this primary source pairing, use the image of Frida Kahlo painting in bed and slowly look at all the details in the photograph. Couple the primary source analysis with reading the Author’s Note to begin a discussion of Frida’s artwork, life, and style.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see.
  • What do you notice first?
  • What’s happening in the image
  • What people and objects are shown?
  • How are they arranged?
  • What is the physical setting?
  • Find something small but interesting.
  • What do you notice that you didn’t expect?
  • What do you notice that you can’t explain?

Credits:
Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Frida Kahlo Photograph: HuckMagazine.com