Academic journal article Language Arts

Green Is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors

Academic journal article Language Arts

Green Is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors

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Green Is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors Written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong Illustrated by John Parra Chronicle, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-1-4521-0203-0

"Red is a ristra. Red is a spice. Red is our salsa on top of rice." And so begins Roseanne Greenfield Thong's second book. In her newest concept book, Thong thoughtfully weaves English and Spanish in verse to animate the beauty and charm of the everyday colors in one Latino family's small town. She writes, "Orange are the marigolds on the Day of the Dead. Orange are the platos for special bread." Although the book is oriented toward the teaching of colors, readers will easily grow an appreciation for the ways Spanish language and Mexican traditions paint the landscape. A glossary translating unfamiliar terms for Englishspeaking readers is available at the end of the book.

Award-winning artist John Parra exquisitely illustrates Thong's poetry. …

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