Through lovely design, art and photographic reproductions, and accessible text, Rubin presents the life of famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera from childhood through his death at age 70. In engaging narrative, Rubin covers the fascinating path of Rivera's development as an artist, including his early alliance with Cubism as an art form. She follows him as he tries on and shucks off many artistic styles before he settled into his true passion--murals, allowing the man to model the necessity of undaunted searching for one's true profession for young readers.
Rubin uses gentle language to discuss Rivera's tumultuous love life, making the books suitable for her intended audience of grades 5 and up. You'll want to share this with your artistic students, with your art teachers, and with Social Studies teachers focusing on Mexico.
Rich with back matter, the book includes an extended note about Mexican history and Rivera's artistic influences. Also included are an in-depth glossary, source notes, and bibliography. 56 pages Ages 10 and up 978-0810984110
Recommended by: Toni Buzzeo, Author, Librarian, Maine USA