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Colors! ¡Colores! (English and Spanish Edition) Hardcover – February 28, 2008

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Kindergarten-Grade 3—Short poems and vibrant watercolor illustrations wed successfully in this bilingual book, giving birth to a sensory exploration of nature's colors. On each spread, whimsical poetic comparisons add multiple dimensions to the seemingly simple hues ("Yellow/rolls/through/the/sky/like/a/warm/gold/coin") and suggest that colors can encompass something broader than us ("Into a tiny seed/fits clover, fits a tree,/fits the whole jungle…/fits green"). Subtleties present in the author's native Spanish are occasionally lost in translation (for example, the alliterative wordplay of Vio un lago,/vio una flor,/vio el ocaso,/¡violeta! becomes "I saw a lake./I saw a flower./I saw the twilight./…Violet!"). Still, the essence of each poem remains intact. The colors are represented in beautiful paintings that contain both abstract depictions of nature as well as simple images of familiar outdoor things—birds, nests, leaves, flowers. Elegant details in the art and design further unify the poems and colors; a dynamic palette and other visual aids illustrate the passage of time, while an antelope (appearing first on the front cover, beckoning readers inside) functions as a familiar guide as it reappears throughout this first-rate collection.—Madeline Walton-Hadlock, San Jose Public Library, CA
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Though it resembles a picture book, this is actually a fully illustrated collection of 11 brief, free-verse poems linked by a common theme: colors. Each poem appears in English and then in Spanish on a double-page spread surrounded by white space and accompanied by an eye-catching watercolor painting. Among the best examples of English translations of the poems are “Orange, / little sun of the orchard, / they will say I ate you, / and it’s true.” and “Yellow/ rolls / through / the / sky / like / a / warm / gold / coin.” An Argentinan writer, musician, and architect who lives in Mexico, Luján also wrote the texts presented bilingually in the picture books Rooster/Gallo (2004) and Sky Blue Accident/Accidente celeste (2007). Grobler, a South African artist, interprets the verse through watercolor paintings that are as spare and fanciful as the writing. A pleasant addition to international and bilingual poetry collections for young children. Grades K-2. --Carolyn Phelan

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books; Bilingual edition (February 28, 2008)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0888998635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888998637
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Children and adults alike will admire the gorgeous watercolor scenes that accompany and interpret the poems in this book.

Though the English translation appears first on each set of pages, the book was authored by a native Spanish speaker. The Spanish poems for each color are exquisite; while the translation is predominantly excellent, it falters in a few awkward spots. There's not much to disappoint here, though, and this book is one of very few exceptional bilingual books that exist, in my humble opinion.
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By Art Teacher on August 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a wonderful little gem about colors. Not only does the book have a short poem about each color in English, there is also a Spanish version. The images are wonderful little watercolor paintings to fit each poem. Each image is whimical and fun to look at. I would add this to my library because I would use this book as apart of a lesson on watercolor painting and writing for students from kindergarten to second grade.
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This book features a different color on each page, with four lines of poetry describing it. The illustrations are watercolor, which together with the lyrical poetry, makes the book light and magical, inspiring a child's imagination and attention to detail. While the suggested age range is 4-8, my 2-year-old enjoyed it.
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