I came across this adorable Frida Kahlo doll from the etsy shop baibin recently and I had to share. I mean, look at her.
The holidays are coming up and this would be the perfect gift for the Frida Kahlo fan(s) in your life. Combine it with a book or two and you have a nice way to give kids an opportunity to learn more about one of Mexico’s great artists.
***Please note, this is not an affiliated or sponsored post for the baibin shop. I just came across the doll and contacted the shop to see if they mind if I wrote about it. I think my readers will enjoy it.
Frida Kahlo’s Doll
These custom dolls are handmade in Rochester Hills, MI (which happens to also be where my husband was born, though I have no known affiliation with the shop). She is 22 inches tall. You can read more details here.
One thing to note. Each item the shop makes is unique. There’s only one that will look exactly like the one above. However, you can contact the shop owner directly to customize your Frida Doll. She’s pretty quick to respond and friendly. You’ll also want to allow at least 3-4 weeks turnaround time as of the writing of this post in November 2017.
Children’s books about Frida Kahlo to complement the doll
***Please note that while the links for the doll are not affiliate links, the links to the books below are. Still, my opinions on these as great matches for the doll are all my own. Thank you.
In the spirit of pairing awesome gifts with amazing books, here are some book recommendations to go with the doll.
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown and illustrated by John Parra
Before I get into the details, I just wanted to say that John Parra is fast becoming one of my favorite kid’s books illustrators. I find myself attracted to books he’s illustrated before even realizing it is him. It’s happening so often now, that I think I will just know by looking at the book. And I’m not the only person who loves his books, Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos won New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2017. (Here’s a link to more of Parra’s books.)
Onto the book.
Instead of just telling Frida Kahlo’s story, this book compares her to the animals in her life. It explains some of the characteristics she shared with her pets. This book will appeal to the animal-loving, art-aficionado, Frida Kahlo-fan, with sprinkled in information and sights of Mexico.
You can buy this book on Amazon.
Frida Kahlo by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and illustrated by Gee Fan Eng
Frida Kahlo is part of the Little People, Big Dreams series for children between ages 5 and 8. The gorgeous illustrations and simple text help kids learn about famous people. This book is meant as an introduction to her life. Please note that some reviews feel it’s too graphic, while others feel like it glosses over important aspects of her life. As a standalone resource on Kahlo’s life, this is probably not the right fit, but combined with other books and discussion, it should be just fine.
You can buy this book on Amazon and read the reviews there.
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