Born in Coyoacán, a small Mexican town, Frida was a happy go lucky child who despite contracting polio at a young age never complained, she liked being different. Her life changed dramatically when she was badly injured in a road traffic accident. Bed bound and unable to walk she picked up pencils and brushes and nurtured a love of art. And when she shared her pictures with the rest of the world, people were amazed by what they saw…
Educating children about trailblazing women from the past and the present is vital in inspiring future generations to follow their dreams and to achieve great things. Frida Kahlo is a wonderful role model and her story will empower anyone lucky enough to read it.
Despite contracting polio as a child and then being involved in a horrific accident in her teens, Frida still went on to accomplish unbelievable things. Displaying persistence, resilience and incredible fighting spirit, she has become one of the most celebrated and respected artists in the world. Sadly, she only became famous globally after her death but the impression she has left on the art world will last forever and her paintings are now sold for millions of pounds.
This inspirational story of a child who was determined to not be outdone by two serious conditions delivers a powerful message, we must learn to wave goodbye to the bad and not let difficulties and challenges stop us. As Frida would say, ‘Viva la vida’…‘Live life’. Full of can do attitude and a big dose of girl power, Kahlo’s story is proof that perseverance and determination pays off and this condensed biography is a must read for any young artist. Highly accessible and engaging, it is a perfect and appropriately colourful introduction to one of the world’s most significant female artists.
The story is told in short and simple sentences and is delightfully illustrated with bright and bold artwork. At the back of the book there is a short overview of her life which includes key facts and dates and a historical timeline featuring photographs.
Recommended for 5+.