Colores de la vida

Mexican Folk Art Colors in English and Spanish
PreS-Gr 1—This beautifully illustrated work by the author of ABeCedarios (2007) and Opuestos (2009, both Cinco Puntos) makes learning colors fun. Bright sculptures by Oaxacan artists capture the folkloric ambiance of the area, infusing the pages with whimsical animals splashed with color. Pink cattle eat hay while a calf nurses from its mother. Two pigs sport vibrant flowers interspersed with flying white birds on their hides. A huge, black, metal spider looks curiously at readers. Golden fish donning bows and hats swim across the yellow page. Figures correspond with the same-colored backdrop, giving young readers the chance to explore varying shades between the illustrations and colored text naming the target pigment. This book will delight old and young alike as they explore colors. Suitable for use with toddler and preschool storytimes and in beginning Spanish classes.—Cristi Jenkins, Fort Vancouver Regional Library System, WA
This very simple concept book includes color names in both English and Spanish. Each word pair is illustrated with a vibrant photograph of a folk-art sculpture of an animal, all made by artists in Oaxaca, Mexico. The only disappointment is that there isn't more information about the artisans who created the pieces (the names of the animals might also have been useful).

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