cover image Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos

Monica Brown, illus. by John Parra. NorthSouth, $17.95 (40p) ISBN 978-0-7358-4269-4

Brown uses the pets and animals in Frida Kahlo’s life—spider monkeys, a parrot, and a fawn, among others—to emphasize aspects of her personality as she developed into an artist: “Frida’s turkeys were intelligent and sensitive, just like her. And, like Frida, her dogs were warm and loving.” Along with highlighting Kahlo’s tender interactions with the animals, Brown shows how art buoyed her during difficult times, including a bus accident at age 18 that left her with persistent health problems. Parra’s warm, weathered paintings are done in a flattened, folk-art style that vividly evokes the Mexican environment and “heritage of which she was very proud.” Even if readers don’t get much of a sense of the work Kahlo created, they’ll finish the book feeling like they know the artist. Ages 4–8. [em]Agent: Stefanie Von Borstel, Full Circle Literary. (Sept.) [/em]