To be sure, the sanitized, streamlined presentation or invocation of Kahlo that we encounter in Viva Frida raises a number of critical issues. Is the text problematically misleading and idealizing the Mexican artist? Is this a strategic introduction not only to Kahlo, but also to the concepts of art and creativity for children? Do Morales's objectives authorize this re/presentation of Kahlo? One can make a case for any of a number of positions on these questions.
--phillip serrato, San Diego State University, Department of English & Comparative Literature