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Spicy Hot Colors: Colores Picantes Paperback – July 10, 2007

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PreS-Gr. 1. 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 lolls 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. Ilene Cooper
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About the Author

Sherry Shahan is a travel writer and a children's book author. She has written several picture books and middle-grade novels, including Ice Island and Death Mountain. She lives in California.

PAULA BARRAGAN is the illustrator of several books for children. In addition to illustrating books, Barragan's artistic endeavors include painting, printmaking, and carpet design, and her fine art is exhibited in the United States and South America. She lives in Quito, Ecuador.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: August House (July 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874838150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874838152
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From ballet to books: Sherry Shahan is a dancer/author who in Spicy Hot Colors is passionate about rhythm and here she incorporates the rhythmic elements of Latin American culture into a superbly presented bilingual coverage of colors. Illustrator Paula Barragan creates the colors, while jazzy poetry uses English and Spanish to reveal colors to the very young. A dancing, a haunting presentation for young readers.
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Spicy Hot Colors is a picture book teaching the names of colors in Spanish. Each color is given a full page spread. The name of the color is mentioned in English and then the spanish word is listed as well. In the back there is a vocabulary list for words that kids might not know the meanings of. Also is a helpful pronunciation guide for the Spanish words that are listed in the book.

The illustrations were bright and bold. They went well with the text.

I would recommend this book to educators who are teaching basic Spanish. The book was very helpful in home school while learning the names of colors in Spanish
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Whether the fault lies with the original concept or with the printer, this book is a big disappointment. Beginning with the first page, 'rojo/red', which should have been vibrant, is a muddy mix-up. There may be red in the illustrations, but against the backgrounds, it comes out orange? ochre? Who can tell? The 'orange/anaranjado' page is a bit clearer, but doesn't present much of a contrast with the 'red.' 'Yellow/amarillo' is a pretty page, with subtle variations of the color. The 'green/verde' page is lovely: the shades of olive, forest and lime work well together. Similarly, the 'purple/morado; page, with several depths of color succeed against the contrasting backgrounds. 'Blue/azul' almost makes it, except that it is weakened by the predominance of other colors: not a teaching page, that's for sure. The great variations on brown are pleasing to the eye, but 'pardo' as the translation of 'brown' is unfortunate. 'Café' or 'marrón' might have been better choices. Then comes the 'black/negro' page. What a failure! How hard would it have been to present this color?! Yes, black does appear on the page, but against the murky backgrounds it loses all its power. 'Black/negro' is illustrated much better on the following 'white/blanco' page with its great dancing skeletons. If the colors had been done more skillfully it wouldn't really matter that the text is so forced and useless. (Blue as paper dragons/Boogie-woogie/Swing! What possible connection is there between paper dragons and boogie-woogie?)
It's sad that the bold work of the artist, Paula Barragán, was so mishandled.
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Great book. It has rythem and is billingual, we enjoy reading this one over and over.
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By brmoney on September 26, 2015
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kids love the clever dialog and vibrant pictures
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