Frida: Viva La Vida! Long Live Life!

by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand

“On the right, the Frida Diego loves, / the Frida wearing the Tehuana clothes... read more

“On the right, the Frida Diego loves, / the Frida wearing the Tehuana clothes he likes, / the Frida whose heart is whole, . . . ” (from “The Two Fridas”). Poet Carmen T. Bernier-Grand explores the life of artist Frida Kahlo in probing poems written in Frida’s first-person voice. The result is an arresting, emotional portrait in words. The poems are arranged chronologically in the order of significant events in Kahlo’s life, from her childhood and relationship with her parents, to the bus accident when she was a young woman that left her seriously injured and in chronic pain, to her relationship with and two marriages to painter Diego Rivera, in which she found both healing and hurt. This captivating volume includes reproductions of many of Kahlo’s paintings, arranged to visually relate to images and events referenced in the poems. (Age 11 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2008

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