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Colores de la Vida: Mexican Folk Art Colors in English and Spanish (First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art) (English and Spanish Edition) Hardcover – June 28, 2011

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Series: First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press; Bilingual edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 1933693827
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933693828
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,736,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"This color-themed companion to ABeCedarios (2007) and Opuestos (2009) also features the handiwork of Oaxacan sculptors, who contribute stylized and vibrantly painted creatures that show off each color to its fullest and are set against marbled backdrops of the same hue…the sculptures are hypnotic." — Publishers Weekly

"Hypnotic. The word is hypnotic … From full-color spread to full-color spread, Cynthia Weill uses hypnotic photographs of folk art figures from artisans from Oaxaca to illustrate the beauty, art, and vibrancy of the Colores de la vida, colors of life, in an unforgettable book as much about the wonder of the ways we can imagine the world around us as about names of colors … Each page captures a sense of wonder, of the vibrancy of color, the imagination of the artist, the name of the hue. Colors take life in this small picture book, perfect for small hands, in an astonishing pairing of visual intimacy and artistic joy that make this one of the most distinctive recent books on color – in English or otherwise." —

"El formato brilla por su sencillez: cada página está ilustrada por animales de artesanía [Oaxaqueña] que corresponden al color destacado." — San Diego Red

More About the Author

Thank you for your interest in my books! My work features the handicrafts of artisans from Mexico and Vietnam. The books teach children basic concepts such as letters, numbers, opposites and colors. The illustrations are handmade from wood, ceramics, tin, papier mache etc. It takes about a month to make many of the pieces. I am proud to be able to showcase the work of artists who might otherwise remain anonymous and recognize them for their lifetime achievement.

My work has developed from years of being a classroom teacher. I also worked in humanitarian assistance and am trained as an art historian. I hold a doctorate from Teachers College Columbia University.

You can read more about me at For lesson plans and pdfs about ABeCedarios, Opuestos, Colores de la vida and Count me in! go to Click on the specific book icon. You can reach me at

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By NewMom on January 31, 2013
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My 2 year old is easily bored by all standard 'color' books, but this book is definately one her daily must reads. Beautiful and unique images make this book extra fun for her and I really appreciate reading it as much as she does. I highly recommend this book to all parents!
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By bboucher on November 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Colores de la Vida introduces young children to color vocabulary in Spanish and English. Each page has a separate group or groupings of animals. Some of the animals appear to be engaged in conversation making fantasy dialogue for young children possible. The book also features many of Oaxaca Mexico's most treasured art forms. There are figures in red clay ceramic, black pottery, wood carvings, tin, paper mache and papel picado. The red giraffes, Rene Mandarin, and the yellow dragons, Jose Canseco, were produced by artisans just beginning their careers. Other figures, black spider, Carlomagno Pedro Martinez and brown elephants Angelica Vasquez were produced by two of Mexico's "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art" (Fernandez de Calderon, 2000). The book serves the dual purpose of being educational and a child size compendium of Oaxaca, Mexico's noted folk artisans as well as the range of work they produce. Colores de la Vida will delight the young and lovers of Mexico's fabulous artistic traditions too.
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