Paint Brushes for Frida: A Children’s Book Inspired by Frida Kahlo

Massenot, Veronique


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Author: Massenot, Veronique
Publication date: 08/03/2022
Imprint: Prestel
Pages: 32
Format: Hardback
Illustrator: Mansot, Elise
ISBN: 9783791374918
Series: Children’s Books Inspired by Famous Artworks

This beautifully imagined tale of artistic struggle and perseverance is inspired by Frida Kahlo’s Self Portrait with Monkeys. Illustrated with paintings that recall Kahlo’s bold, colourful style, it takes readers inside Kahlo’s bedroom, where she typically painted, and shows how the artist brilliantly incorporated the natural world into her work. Frida is lying in her bed, imprisoned by painful injuries she sustained in an accident. She yearns to paint, but can only manage to sing what is in her imagination. Suddenly, a jar of paintbrushes falls off her nightstand and a pool of vibrant colour spreads across the floor. A monkey called Caimito scurries to help her with his friends, gathering her brushes, paint and canvas as well as all the items that Frida mentioned in her song – fruit, birds, flowers, and butterflies. Frida is so happy and grateful for the monkeys’ assistance that she manages to create a new painting, a triumphant self-portrait with Caimito in her arms. The book explores the major themes of Kahlo’s work – physical pain, enduring love, and steadfastness – as well as the symbolism of plants, animals, numbers, and religion, to give young readers a solid foundation for appreciating the artist’s works for the rest of their lives. AGES: 4 plus AUTHOR: Veronique Massenot is the author of numerous writing, picture books and children’s stories. Elise Mansot is a painter and illustrator living in Lyon, France. SELLING POINTS: . Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter who was known for her portraits and self-portraits. Much of her work was inspired by the artifacts of Mexico and she is remains one of the most recognisable artists of the twentieth century. . This book is a fictional story based on a real event from Kahlo’s life that introduces her work to young art lovers. . This book is part of Prestel’s series of children’s books inspired by famous artworks and artists, which already has prominent placement in many museums around the country. . The end of this book has a spread that introduces children to the real works of Kahlo and some of the events and themes that ran through her life.

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