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Frida: Viva La Vida! Long Live Life! ePub download

by Carmen Bernier-Grand

  • Author: Carmen Bernier-Grand
  • ISBN: 0761453369
  • ISBN13: 978-0761453369
  • ePub: 1373 kb | FB2: 1738 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Art Music & Photography
  • Publisher: Amazon Publishing (November 1, 2007)
  • Pages: 64
  • Rating: 4.8/5
  • Votes: 180
  • Format: txt mobi azw lit
Frida: Viva La Vida! Long Live Life! ePub download

Only 10 left in stock (more on the way). This is another of Bernier-Grand's free verse poetry biographies of famous Latino people presented in picture book format marketed to children; she has published books on Diego Rivera, Cesar Chavez, and Pablo Picasso to name a few. Frida is marketed by the publisher to grade 8 and up. I appreciated that this book is illustrated with original artwork because Kahlo's work is so unique and telling about it describe it in words while not showing it would not work.

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Bernier-Grand, Carmen. Frida: ¡Viva la vida! Long Live Life!. New York: Marshall Cavendish Corporation.

Bernier-Grand, Carmen. This book contains a beautiful display of poems about the life of Frida Kahlo. I recall learning a lot about Frida Kahlo in my middle school art classes, as we studied her works, but I felt like I learned so much about her entire life from this one book. Carmen T. Bernier-Grand’s writes a biography of twentieth century Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in the book entitled, Frida Long Live Life! The story of Frida Kahlo is heart wrenching yet inspirational.

I dip the brush in blood-red paint and, embracing life with all its light, I print on a watermelon cut open-like I am- Viva la vida -a hymn to nature and life.

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.

Carmen Bernier-Grand. Before becoming an author, Bernier-Grand worked as a math instructor at the University of Puerto Rico and later, as a computer programmer in Portland, OR. In 1981, she decided to stay home to raise her children and began writing stories. Currently, she is an established author of numerous bilingual books, a presenter of creative writing workshops, and a multicultural storyteller. Frida: ¡Viva la vida! Long Live Life! (Marshall Cavendish, 2007). Diego: Bigger than Life (Marshall Cavendish, 2009).

Viva la vida! Long Live Life! by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand. Writing primarily in the voice of the surrealist Frida Kahlo, Bernier-Grand presents readers with 26 poems that take her subject from birth to death, unswervingly touching upon the difficult territory in between: polio, the accident that led to some 31 subsequent operations, her (two) marriages to Diego Rivera, their mutual infidelities and her miscarriages.

Frida Kahlo, a native of Mexico, is described here in biographical poems accompanied by her own artwork. Both text and images reveal the anguish and joy of her two marriages to muralist Diego Rivera, her life-long suffering from a crippling bus accident, and her thirst for life, even as she tasted death.

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"Wearing the white huipil with the lavender tassel,hiding my amputated leg in red-leather boots,I wheel the wheelchair to the Blue House studiothat Diego so lovingly built for me.I dip the brush in blood-red paintand, embracing life with all its light,I print on a watermelon cut open—like I am—¡Viva la vida!—a hymn to nature and life."Frida Kahlo, a native of Mexico, is described here in biographical poems accompanied by her own artwork. Both text and images reveal the anguish and joy of her two marriages to muralist Diego Rivera, her life-long suffering from a crippling bus accident, and her thirst for life, even as she tasted death. Her favorite motto was: ¡Viva la vida! (Long live life!)Back matter includes excerpts from Frida’s diary and letters, a prose biography, a chronology of the artist’s life, a glossary of Spanish words, sources, and notes.
Saberdragon
Frida Kahlo is one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century. Anything that sheds light or teaches about her is fantastic. The book goes into detail about her art in each period of her life as well as the other aspects of her life.
Buridora
It's an ok book. Not long enough, but I did enjoy the pictures. She had a hard life.
Zetadda
Not enough detail of her life could have been more informative as had I not seen the movie I would not of been able to follow her life story
Zainn
A wonderful bio novella!!
Golden freddi
As an artist, I've admired Frida's work for years, so have read several biographies about her. This book, which was illustrated with Frida's own work and photographs, is a marvelous example. Carmen T. Bernier-Grand wrote the book as a series of poems in first person based on different events in Frida's life. (Various quotes are integrated throughout as well.) It is obvious by her poignant writing that the author researched Frida's life thoroughly and had a real understanding of how the various events in Frida's life affected the intensity of her artwork. In addition, there is a short biography, chronology, and glossary at the end of the book that may help clarify the situations covered in the poems. I highly recommend this book. However, please be aware that although this book was written as an introduction to the artist's work for children around 6th grade and above, some of the life events discussed may be considered too mature for some audiences.
Yggdi
It only takes an hour to read all the text in this volume and to read the poetry that helps explain how Frida may have felt when she painted the works included in the volume.

None of the artwork is unknown to anyone who is familiar with the work of Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon who chose to call herself "Frida, German for `peace.'" Sometimes she hated it when the last name of her two-time (pun intended) husband Diego Rivera was added to make her Frida Rivera. Why she disliked that is explained in one of the author's poems.

One of the statements included from Frida's letters and diary gives her opinion of the United States. "The most important thing for everyone in Gringolandia is to have ambition and becomes `somebody,' and frankly, I don't have the least ambition to become anybody."

This is a very readable introduction to Frida and her work for students and young adults. The poems hit some of the main themes of her life without going into detail. For instance, she carried on "a brief affair with the exiled Soviet revolutionary, Leon Trotsky, whom Diego had brought to Mexico." Frida was lucky that she too didn't die from a hatchet to the brain, as did Trotsky when he was tracked down and assassinated.

It's definitely a worthwhile addition to any school reading list.
Bil
This is another of Bernier-Grand's free verse poetry biographies of famous Latino people presented in picture book format marketed to children; she has published books on Diego Rivera, Cesar Chavez, and Pablo Picasso to name a few. Frida is marketed by the publisher to grade 8 and up.

I appreciated that this book is illustrated with original artwork because Kahlo's work is so unique and telling about it describe it in words while not showing it would not work. I really felt the book was helped by the inclusion of Frida's artwork versus her book Diego which was illustrated by David Diaz, and left me curious to see the actual work (which I satisfied by using the Internet).

The books spans her entire life and the main point is emotional and physical suffering, her polio and accident and many subsequent surgeries and medical complications Her miscarriages and the medical procedures and emotional pain is also covered. Very briefly mentioned are her political leanings, stated to be "more socialist than communist" and that she was a member of the communist party. In mentioning that Diego asked for a divorce after his affair, and hers, she leaves that hot topic at that.

At the back of the book is a biographical sketch with a bit more information, some of it more controversial (such as she had her affairs not just with men but also women). There is also a timeline and a glossary of Spanish terms.

This style of a biography for middle schoolers in poem format makes for quick reading, it takes about an hour to read. Although this is not as thorough as the biographies published for kids in the 1960s and prior one would argue that kids are not reading entire long chapter book biographies these days. This book is approachable and easy to read. It looks like a young child's picture book and the artwork keeps it interesting. If kids do read this, they will learn something and I guess knowing something is better than nothing. Grade 8 and higher aged teens should also watch the movie Frida (2002), although it has some mature scenes, it is tamer than most young adult fiction that has been published lately!

For adults I would not recommend this book because it is a thin skimming of the topic and if you are like me, you would be curious for more information.

I rate this book 4 stars = I Like It - for middle school and teenage students.
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