Picture Book Review: DIEGO RIVERA: HIS WORLD AND OURS

Cover of Diego Rivera, His World and OursDiego 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)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0810997312
ISBN-13: 978-0810997318

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Author: Nessa

Librarian for people with visual and physical impairments, and mother of two sharp-witted alien children.

16 thoughts on “Picture Book Review: DIEGO RIVERA: HIS WORLD AND OURS”

  1. Beautiful book, Nessa, and a great choice for PPBF. It’s so important to introduce young children to art and artists…and to encourage them to create…anything!
    I’ll have to see if I can get a copy…loved the idea of finding books on other artists as well that are in PB format…what a great idea for kindergarten and primary grade classrooms.

  2. This is one I need to check out. I love murals and your activity is excellent! We’ve bought newsprint ends from local papers for just a few dollars and they’re great for creating murals.

  3. Thank you, thank you! My boys love science, so we read lots of nonfiction, but I’m always trying to introduce appreciation for the arts as well. I’m adding this to my ever-growing list.

    1. Get them some books on Leonardo da Vinci. That way they get both in one, AND they learn that science is not so different from art and vice-versa. We read lots of fantastic Leonardo PBs before our trip to Italy last summer. Neo Leo is one. I’ll try to remember some of the others.

  4. This book looks great, Nessa! I always like biographical books – I think (hope!) kids find them inspiring. I saw this book on an award list at some point, but I haven’t read it. Time to go to the library🙂 Thanks so much for adding this to our list!

  5. Now I’m so curious to see how the illustrations and Diego Rivera’s work are portrayed in the book. Thanks for adding this one to the list. You said it’s biography — is this nonfiction? I’m seeing lots of historical fiction on the list today. Great activity too.

    1. Yes, it’s non-fiction. I picked up the book because I liked the cover and recognized the name from a mural at the Detroit Institute of Art. I had no idea it won the Pura Belpre Illustrator Award until I started looking up info about it for PPBF.

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