My Colors, My World/Mis colores, mi mundo by Alma Flor Ada

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Let me help! Let me help! Perico learns this phrase from little Martita, who's been saying it a lot lately. When the whole family scrambles to prepare for Cinco de Mayo, Perico knows there must be some way he can help — even if he is just a parrot. Perico tries to help abuela make delicious tamales. He tries to help craft beautiful paper flowers for the barge his family will take down the San Antonio river. He even tries to help the boys practice their mariachi number on the porch. But at every turn Perico is shooed away, until he finally figures out how he can add to the Cinco de Mayo fun. Acclaimed children s book author Alma Flor Ada's tale is the story of every young reader who has been told he or she is too little or too young to help. Angela Domínguez's vibrant paintings glow with the rich colors of the southwest. Let Me Help!/¡Quiero ayudar! is a joyful, rhythmic, read-aloud you can celebrate year-round.
 

About Alma Flor Ada

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Maya Christina Gonzalez is a widely exhibited artist renowned for her vivid imagery of strong women and girls. She has illustrated nearly twenty children's books, and her artwork has appeared on the cover of Contemporary Chicano/a Art. My Colors, My World was the first book Maya both wrote and illustrated. Books that Maya illustrated include Laughing Tomatoes, From the Bellybutton of the Moon, and Angels Ride Bikes. She lives and plays in San Francisco, California.
 
Published March 16, 2010 by Children's Book Press. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Like a young child eager to help, Perico, the parrot, is excited about the upcoming Cinco de Mayo preparations and repeatedly cries, "Let me help! / ¡Quiero ayudar!"—a phrase learned from his family's youngest child, Martita.

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Read full review > A small purple bird--Pierre is the name on his purple mailbox--who "love[s] everything purple" circumnavigates the world in search of the missing ingredient in his nearly perfect purple house: a little variety in color, as it turns ...

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Evoking the hot desert sun, warm, festive hues glow as Maya reflects on the vivid colors outside and above her family home.

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Trying to find color and beauty in her childhood world of the California Mojave Desert, Maya (the author/illustrator as a young girl) uses her artistic propensities to seek out objects that stand out from their dusty surroundings.

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Trying to find color and beauty in her childhood world of the California Mojave Desert, Maya (the author/illustrator as a young girl) uses her artistic propensities to seek out objects that stand out from their dusty surroundings.

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This adaptation utilizes a brilliant palette to convey a girl's lush landscape.

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My Colors, My World is a celebration of color, the colors found in nature.

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For children of other climates, My Colors, My World will insight curiosity about other places, and they will want to seek out the colors in their own surroundings.

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