Diego Rivera: His World and Ours

Book Summary: 

This book relates the story of world-renown artist, Diego Rivera, as a young boy in a way that encourages children to dream about their own futures. Rivera is shown as a mischievous boy who loves to create artwork. The author prompts readers to think about the kinds of things Rivera would paint today.

Year: 
2012
Author: 
Duncan Tonatiuh
Illustrator: 
Duncan Tonatiuh
Publisher: 
Harry N. Abrams
Guiding Question: 

When you tell a story, do you think about the other person’s view?

Howard’s Format from You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Know (73-85): 

Honesty- Many people tell stories (or paint pictures that tell stories) from the view of powerful people. Diego Rivera painted many pictures of common people.

Empathy- Why is it important to tell stories from many people’s view points? Find more of Rivera's artwork and discuss the stories they tell. Another book that would help you hear another's viewpoint is Encounter by Jane Yolen (illustrated by David Shannon,1992). Read that book and compare the young boy who tells the story with other views of Christopher Columbus’s landing in the Americas.

Advocacy- Ask your teacher to help guide you to finding a view of a story that is rarely told.

Action- Create artwork or write a story that tells the often untold view.