Me, Frida


Written by: Amy Novesky

Illustrated by: David Diaz


Before Reading

Explore Illustrations

Follow Frida as she moves from Mexico to America and channels the beauty that she sees in San Francisco to become a confident and renowned artist. 

What do you notice on the front cover?

What do you think is surrounding the woman's head?

{Flip to an illustration} What do you think is happening in this illustration?

 

Activate Prior Knowledge

Discuss who Frida Kahlo is with your child. First ask if s/he knows anything about her, and if not, say that she is a famous Mexican painter who is known for her self portraits. Say that you will learn about her life with her husband, Diego Rivera, who was also a famous artist in his own right. 

 


 As You Read

Vocabulary Building

Help build your child’s vocabulary by allowing him/her to stop when they come across an unfamiliar word. Encourage your child to discover the meaning of the word using the words and illustrations surrounding it. S/he can break down the word into its smaller parts and see if s/he recognizes the word when taken as a sum of the words it's composed of. For example, the word EMPOWERED, has the word POWER in it, so this could help your child understand that the word means to give someone power. Other examples of new words in Me, Frida include:

  1. QUERIDA
  2. SKYSCRAPER

 

Make Connections

Take a few moments to make connections between the story and your child's life. As about what it would feel like to move to a new place, how hard it is to feel small compared to someone else, and what it's like to get inspiration from something. Ask questions like "What do you enjoy doing? What makes you excited to _______? How do you think Frida felt when..."


 After Reading

Summarize and Interpret

Address any final questions or observations that your child might have and discuss the story by asking these questions.

Where was Frida Kahlo from? Why did she and her husband move away?

Why was it hard for Frida to move to San Francisco?

When did Frida come to appreciate San Francisco?

Why did she start singing at the dinner party? How was this different from how she usually behaved at these events?

 

Believe In Yourself

In the beginning of the story, Frida is reserved and feels like she is not as important or as talented as Diego, but by the end she finds her inspiration and the courage to put herself out there. Talk to your child about his/her interests and desires and how s/he can work to achieve their goals. 


 Extended Learning Exploration

Create a Surrealist Painting

Supplies: paper, a pencil, paint, crayons, and any other art materials that your child likes to use

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Frida Kahlo was a surrealist painter, meaning that she liked to paint things that wouldn't normally go together and were based on dreams and unconscious drives. Encourage your child to create a surrealist painting by instructing him/her to draw things that s/he dreams or imagines. Say that it doesn't have to be real and that s/he can paint anything that comes to mind. Perhaps s/he is thinking about a dog and a monkey fighting on the moon or him/herself flying on the wings of a giant bird. It can be as crazy as s/he wants to make it! When s/he is done, write about the drawing/painting and what it represents.

 

Check This Out

Frida Kahlo enjoyed playing music and found great pleasure in singing. Listen to some traditional Mexican folk music and ask your child about the feelings that s/he gets when listening to this music. Does s/he think it's a happy song? A song about love? A sad song? What clues in the music make him/her think that way?

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