Colores de la Vida: Mexican Folk Art Colors in English and Spanish (First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art)

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Little kids love colors, they love animals, and they love the sounds of words. Especially new words. Colores de la Vida—the third in the highly successful series First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art—combines all these elements to teach early learners about color. Leggy red giraffes, pink cows, purple rabbits—the Oaxacan folk artists who contributed to this book unleashed their imaginations and went wild with color. Young children will delight in the bright colors of the Oaxacan rainbow while folk art collectors will marvel at the whimsical handcrafts.

But the simplicity of a book like Colores de la Vida belies the years of research and thoughtful intercultural communication with third-world artists done by Cynthia Weill. As an art historian, she has always been interested in the crafts of developing nations. Weill's intention with Colores de la Vida—and its predecessors in the series, ABeCedarios and Opuestos—has been to find an educational purpose for the work of Oaxacan artisans. She hopes to open up a larger, more international market for their craft.

Cynthia Weill is a professor and mentor to teachers at Columbia University's Teachers College. She also owns a business—Aid to Women Artisans—that promotes the craftwork of artisans from developing countries. Colores de la Vida is her third book in the First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art series.

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Cynthia Weill is director of the Center for Children's Literature at the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. She is the author of the successful First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art series.

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"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." Papertigers.org

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

A beautiful, playful, childcentric approach to language learning and if it spawns conversations about dialects, so much the better.” Kirkus Reviews

This interactive picture book is sure to be a young crowd-pleaser and storytime favorite.” School Library Journal

Bilingual, colorful, inviting, absolutely adorable and definitely child-centric these libritos will capture and hold the attention of the littlest to the biggest kids (and adults alike I keep coming back to them, and I’m known to be hard to please). All are highly recommended.” De Colores: The Raza Experience in Books for Children

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