Diego Rivera: His World and Ours [2012 Co-Winner

Written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

Book Synopsis:

Diego Rivera: His World and Ours, highlights the accomplishments of Mexican painter, activist, and muralist Diego Rivera. Tonatiuh’s stylized illustrations include elements of Mayan artwork and represent his interpretation of Rivera’s work. Tonatiuh prompts readers to think about the question: what would Diego Rivera paint if he were alive today? Through innovative digital collage, Tonatiuh juxtaposes contemporary Mexican life with the past.

Quote from Rivera National Committee:

“The recent book by Duncan Tonatiuh, Diego Rivera: His World and Ours, is a welcome addition to the early childhood community. Written for young children, the book is complemented with colorful and stylistic illustrations depicting the art and life of the great Mexican muralist. Like Rivera and staying true to his signature art form, the author/illustrator uses Cubism as the preferred style. Children will find the story of Diego Rivera a compelling one as they imagine how his world and theirs can come together crossing social and cultural boundaries. Teachers will find the book rich with opportunities to stimulate children’s cognitive, language and social development. For those committed to developmentally appropriate practice, the biography of Diego Rivera is an ideal book to have in hand for children to experience” says Josue’ Cruz, member of the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award National Selection Committee and Past President of NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children).

Duncan Tonatiuh was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He is a recent graduate of Parsons the New School for Design in New York City, where he studied writing and illustration. His first book, Dear Primo, won a 2011 Pura Belpre silver honor award for illustration. In addition to the 2012 Rivera Award, his second book, Diego Rivera: His World and Ours, won a 2012 Pura Pelpre gold award for illustration. He divides his time between New York City and Mexico.


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