A stunning new biography series that encourages children to discover the artists behind their great masterpieces? Yes please! A series like this has been missing from the children's market but thank goodness for Lucy Brownridge and the various artists who have got on board to create some truly brilliant books.
I started the series with Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico's and the worlds most iconic artists, and this colourful collaboration with illustrator Sandra Dieckmann had me transported into Frida's world!
Brownridge has written an engaging yet brief introduction into the life and work of Frida, including aspects of her difficult childhood and love affair with fellow painter Diego Rivera, but also her social activism on behalf of equality and fair pay, and the challenges she faced being a female artist in a male dominated society.
Dieckmann's stunning and vibrant illustrations bring this book to life! With Frida's own creations incorporated into the illustrations, we get a glimpse into how Frida's life events likely inspired each of her paintings at the time. And at the back of the book, Brownridge gives a charming overview of Frida's painting with an explanation to their meaning.
This biography won't just encourage children to discover the life behind Frida Kahlo, but it will also inspire them to overcome challenges, follow your passions and also teach them about women's history.
PS, did you know, Frida was the first Mexican artist to be featured in The Louvre Museum in Paris!