> The Things You Can Read: National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month September 15-October 15

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month September 15-October 15

Puerto Rico. School-pupils and classes. Principal, teachers and a few advanced pupils. Mayaguez Industrial School., 1898 - 1935 by The U.S. National Archives, via Flickr 
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National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month September 15-October 15

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month and starting today it is in full gear.  Here is the link to their official website: National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month.  Below you will find a few resources to use if you plan to celebrate National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month in the classroom.  We have also included our review of Frida by Amy Novesky, which we previously posted in July.  It is a gorgeous picture book, which we plan to use in the classroom.

Put the power of primary sources to work in the classroom. Browse lesson plans, student activities, collection guides and research aids from:
Me, Frida

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Me, Frida by Amy Novesky
Illustrated by David Diaz
Abrahms, 2010. 32 pgs.
Reading Level: ages 4-8

Me, Frida is a gorgeous lushous visual treat with a story that matches the quality of the illustrations. I would liken the experience of reading this book to falling into one of Frida Kahlo's paintings. However, the illustrator, David Diaz, does not simply copy Frida's style of artistic expression, but adds his own personal touches to that of the famous artist, thereby, creating something quite unique. The colors are vivid, warm, and inviting. My daughter's hands touched every page as we read this award winning book.  It is no wonder that Me, Frida won the Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor Book Award in 2011.

Me, Frida focuses on Frida's life as the new bride of Diego Rivera, the famous muralist and painter. Specifically, the setting is the newlyweds time in San Francisco in 1931 when Diego Rivera received his commission to paint his renowned murals on the government buildings of the city. During this time Frida, also an artist, begins to find her artistic voice, while her more established husband is busy creating his own art. When the couple is together Frida is often neglected and overlooked. Parties are given in her husband's honor, but no one notices the eclectic Frida.

Left to her own devices, Frida travels the streets of San Francisco gaining confidence in herself. With this new found confidence, she unlocks her own personal artistic style. Instead of copying the style of her husband, Diego Rivera, Frida paints in an intimate and folkloric style, which hearkens back to her native Mexican culture. The first painting to explore this style is Frida and Diego (Wedding Portrait) painted in 1931 during her stay in San Francisco. The painting now resides in the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, California. It's the painting she entered in her first show. Frida goes on to paint many more self-portraits when asked about this the painter stated, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best."  Me, Frida shares all this biographical information about this wonderful female painter without sounding stiff and stilted. 

Me, Frida by Amy Novesky and accompanying illustrations by David Diaz is an excellent introduction to this influential painter.

Other Recommendations for books about Frida Kahlo:

Frida Kahlo (GB): The Artist who Painted HerselfFrida Kahlo (GB): The Artist who Painted Herself by Margaret Frith
Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 11th 2003 by Grosset & Dunlap

Frida by Jonah Winter
Ana Juan (Illustrator)
Hardcover32 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Scholastic Inc. (first published 2002)

DiegoDiego by Jonah Winter 
Jeanette Winter (Illustrator)

Hardcover40 pages
Published January 9th 2007 by Knopf Books for Young Readers


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