Diego Rivera: His World and Ours

Written & Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
Abrams • 2011 • 34 pages
Hardcover ($16.95)
ISBN: 9780810997318
Ages 7 and up

Diego Rivera was one of the most popular artists of the 20th century. Known for his paintings of peasant and street life, Rivera was beloved by many. This marvelous book introduces young readers to the artist’s life and art.

It begins by telling the story of young Diego, pointing out that he wanted to pursue his love of art from a young age. The author also imagines what Diego Rivera may be doing if he were alive today: What would he be painting? Where would he be painting? The book’s illustrations are reminiscent of Rivera’s own paintings, displaying the influence the artist has had on Tonatiuh

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Also included in this clever title is a glossary of terms, some of them in Spanish, and some related to art. A list of locations where children may enjoy Diego’s works in person both in and out of the United States and a bibliography are also included. A lovely tale that will interest children who love art or Mexican history, this striking work received the 2012 Pura Belpré Award for Illustration.

Reviewed by Beth Rotella, Teacher, New York