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Green Is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors

by Roseanne Greenfield Thong

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Category/genre: children's picture book
Notable: Multicultural

This multicultural book is great for young ages as it illustrates a range of different colors using cultural aspects from the latino community. The book describes how different can represent many things such as different foods, festivals, and clothing. The book is great to use in a bilingual classroom because it integrates the use of both english and spanish. Students will be able to recognize words they already know and make the connections in english as well. ( )
  Diana.Vigil | Apr 25, 2017 |
As a fan of children's poetry, I loved "Green Is A Chile Pepper". It combines not only the art of poetry, but the non-fiction text features of highlighted and separate vocabulary words. One negative aspect is there is no defining culture or storyline, which might make it difficult for students to follow. The art is highly stylized, and is enjoyable given the fact the book is about colors.

There isn't technically an overall message to the book, but it would be a great asset to a instructor who is assisting ELL students who speak Spanish, or students who are learning Spanish! ( )
  StephKiefer | Mar 30, 2017 |
This is an excellent multicultural book. It provides both English and Spanish words for different colors as well as some other Spanish terms. This book also provides a glossary at the back of the book for unknown Spanish words. I think that this would be a great addition to any classroom library.
  kristenbnoble | Feb 15, 2017 |
There are many reasons why I liked this book. The illustrations are vibrant and detailed. All the images are accurately displayed, helping readers better understand the text. For example if the text listed a chile pepper as green, the illustrations also displayed a green chile pepper. The characters showed diversity of people, traditions and family too! The text included bilingual words throughout the rhymes, without the author using "double word use", instead there was a glossary in the back to refer to for more information on the Spanish words. The text is also written in a colorful bright style, which helps attract and engage readers. When listing objects for a particular color, the author uses both Spanish and English items which allows all readers to connect one way or another. For example on the orange spread, the author mentions that marigolds and the plates are orange, yet also includes orange pumpkins as well. The text tends to rhyme, making the story easier and more exciting to read aloud. Overall, this is a great book for bilingual readers or those looking to learn more about the Spanish cultural. ( )
  AnnaRubin | Oct 17, 2016 |
In my opinion, this is a great book for students to read. I like how the illustrations really enhance the text since all the drawings are very colorful and they look as they were all hand drawn. The illustrations are the context clues for the Spanish words that are provided. Without the illustrations and the glossary, students would have difficulty understanding the Spanish words. If students don’t understand the text since there is Spanish words incorporated in the text. “Orange are the platos for the special bread.” Students are able to look at the glossary and find out all the Spanish words. They have detailed definitions of what the Spanish word means. I also like how the author first wrote a sentence in English and then wrote another sentence explaining the color of an item using a Spanish word. On the side of the pages, there is a bubble that has the English word of the color and then the Spanish word of that color. This is a great book to use for students who are beginning to learn Spanish. The big idea of this book is to introduce students to colors and what those colors represent. Students are introduced to a new language besides always reading English in this book. ( )
  gbarbo1 | Apr 18, 2016 |
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A little girl discovers all the bright colors in her Hispanic American neighborhood.

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