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Spicy Hot Colors / Colores Picantes

Spicy Hot Colors / Colores Picantes
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Price: $16.95
Product ID : ah-0874837413



Colors explode off the page in this energetic, jazzy picture book introducing readers to colors in English and Spanish. In a style brimming with rhythm and syncopation, Shahan introduces nine colors by interweaving images and dance steps. Ecuadoran artist Paula Barragán's computer-enhanced cut-paper illustrations capture the rhythm and vivacity of the text. This book, which Publishers Weekly called "a feast for the eyes and ears," received a NAPPA Gold Award. Spicy Hot Colors will also be featured on the PBS Kids program Between the Lions, on September 24, 2007.


by Sherry Shahan

NAPPA Gold Award

Booklist- Ilene Cooper
Spicy indeed. This boldly designed book is a welcome treat after the more sedate books that introduce children to colors. The text, written in English with the colors identified in both English and Spanish, has a firm, rhythmic beat: "Yellow as gourds / spitter-sputter seeds / Yellow as cobs of corn / hip-hoppin' treat." However, it's the artwork, computer-enhanced paper collages, that dazzles. For example, the illustration for "Yellow/Amarillo" features a double-page spread of life-size gourds and corn on a platter set against a background of a freshly minted color somewhere between purple and brown. The art accompanying "White/Blanco" shows dancing Day-of-the-Dead skeletons cavorting against ebony pages. Decorating other spreads are red chili peppers and sauce and a giant green iguana that tolls across two pages. Occasionally other Spanish words are inserted into the text, all of which are defined in a glossary. A brilliant feast of color that will entice children as it helps them learn a few Spanish words.

School Library Journal - Rosalyn Pierini
Learning a foreign language has never been so much fun as in this bouncing introduction to the names of nine colors in Spanish. Snappy, image-filled verses bring to life some of the hues and traditions of Latino culture: "Red as chili sauce/Drip-drop/Spicy hot/Red as firecrackers/Snap! Bang!/Bebop Pop!/RED ROJO." Vibrant paintings that have both ethnic and fine-art references are appealing and attention grabbing. Some of the figures resemble Matisse's paper cutouts and a guitar player could possibly be an homage to Picasso. Helpful vocabulary and pronunciation pages define some of the more-challenging cultural references and Spanish words. Although in no way comprehensive, this is a joyful starting place for Spanish-language learners and for anyone wishing to familiarize children with some "colorful" cultural information. PreSchool-Grade 2-