Tails from History: A Parrot in the Painting: The Story of Frida Kahlo and Bonito


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Simon and Schuster July 2018
Social Studies Curriculum

This series of Level Two readers explores the lives of famous people through their connection with an animal.  Children are invited into their world and can learn about what they accomplished through the comfort and fun.  The animal gives them something to focus on and enjoy and the information becomes the background.

Here we meet Bonito (say boh-NEE-toh) a big, green parrot who lives in Mexico in La Casa Azul  (the Blue House) with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.  Bonito watches as Frida paints pictures with all the other animals in the house.  She does not paint a picture with him.  He decides to show her how special he is.

Warm, playful and beautifully illustrated.  A wonderful introduction to the world of Frida Kahlo and her beautiful paintings.

32 pages          978-1534422292             Ages 5-8

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com


Dip a toe, paw, or fin into history with this fact-tastic Level 2 Ready-to-Read, part of a new series all about pets and the people who owned them!

The legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo had many pets. Among them was a little parrot by the name of Bonito, the Spanish word for “beautiful.” Frida painted her monkeys, her dogs, and her deer, but when would she be ready to paint Bonito? Discover the story of Bonito and Frida Kahlo in this fact-filled Level 2 Ready-to-Read.--from the publisher

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