“Diego Rivera was born in Mexico in a city called Guanajato, which means the ‘land of frogs.’ As a boy, Diego enjoyed playing with his trains, but more than anything he liked to draw.”
Winner of the 2012 Pura Belpre Illustrator Award, Diego Rivera: His World and Ours celebrates the life an artist who portrayed history through murals. While the style of illustration is different from Rivera’s, it is definitely inspired by Rivera. The text is easy-to-read. The back matter contains a comprehensive glossary and a detailed author’s note.
A fun activity to complement the book is letting kids create their own mural. Get an 11×17 piece of construction paper, washable acrylic paints, and paint brushes. Show the kids how to mix colors and have them paint an important scene from their life. Discuss the scenes and why they are important to the child.
Title: Diego Rivera: His World and Ours
Author: Duncan Tonatiuh
Themes: Art, Biography, Culture
Reading level: Ages 5 and up
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers (May 1, 2011)