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Spicy Hot Colors / Colores Picantes

Spicy Hot Colors / Colores Picantes
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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.

Hardcover

by Sherry Shahan

AWARDS
NAPPA Gold Award

REVIEWS:
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-