School Library Journal, November 5, 2011
WEILL, Cynthia. Colores de la vida: Mexican Folk Art Colors in English and Spanish. Bk. 3. illus. by Artisans from Oaxaca. unpaged. (First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art Series). Cinco Puntos. 2011. Tr $14.95. ISBN 978-1-933693-82-8. LC number unavailable.
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