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Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People
Contributor(s): Rubin, Susan Goldman
ISBN: 0810984113     ISBN-13: 9780810984110
Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc
    OUR PRICE: $20.70  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: February 2013
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Annotation: Offers insight into the life and artwork of the famous Mexican painter and muralist and follows his career, looking at his influences, and tracing the evolution of his style.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Painters; Mexico; Biography; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Art
- Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | Mexico
Dewey: 759.972
LCCN: 2012010022
Lexile Measure: 980
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 10.25" H x 10.25" W x 0.50" (1.40 lbs) 56 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 156520
Reading Level: 7.1   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q60042
Reading Level: 8.3   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 4.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
Susan Goldman Rubin is the author of many biographies for young people including Jean Lafitte: The Pirate Who Saved America and Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter. She lives in Malibu, California.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall)
This biography balances details of Diego's personal life (his affiliation with the Communist party, his tempestuous relationship with Frida Kahlo) with his artistic endeavors (including insight into the mural-making process). The production values are high, from the glossy paper stock to a generous use of color throughout. A good introduction to one of Mexico's finest artists. Bib., glos., ind.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 May)

Gr 5–8—Rivera's life is presented through the lens of his art, making his love of Mexico and traditional Mexican art palpable and his search for his own artistic style an intriguing journey. The stunning illustrations include images of Rivera's murals, his "cartoon" drawings, reproductions of art that he found influential, and photographs. The design, with scrollwork along the top and bottom and an unusual placement of page numbers, exudes style. The text is clearly written, straightforward, and attention-grabbing, with a good number of quotes interspersed throughout. Rivera's weaknesses and failures, such as his womanizing and the Rockefeller controversy, are presented honestly and without judgment-just the facts as they are known. Thoughtful sections about Mexican history as represented in Rivera's artwork and his artistic influences conclude the volume. Overall this is a classy, visually pleasing and interesting read.—Heather Acerro, Rochester Public Library, MN

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