Spicy Hot Colors by Sherry Shahan
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Colors explode off the page in this energetic, jazzy picture book introducing readers to colors in English and Spanish. In a style brimming with rhythm and syncopation, Shahan introduces nine colors by interweaving images and dance steps. Ecuadoran artist Paula Barragan's computer-enhanced cut-paper illustrations capture the rhythm and vivacity of the text. This book, which Publishers Weekly called,"...a feast for the eyes and ears," received a NAPPA Gold Award. This unique award winning book was also featured on the PBS series, Between the Lions.

About Sherry Shahan

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SHERRY SHAHAN is a photojournalist and the author of 30 fiction and nonfiction books for young readers, including both adventure and picture books. Shahan's new title, DEATH MOUNTAIN, is an adventure novel for middle grade readers. Based on a personal experience, her group was caught in a deadly electrical storm. The horse and mule were struck and killed; three people were airlifted off the mountain by helicopter. What sets this story apart from other adventure novels is that the two main characters are girls, who are forced to face the challenges of being lost in the untamed wilderness with grit and resourcefulness. In the process they learn about themselves and develop a lasting friendship. Her Alaska-based adventure novel for middle grade readers, FROZEN STIFF is based on another personal experience: a week camping on the shores of a remote wilderness area in Alaska and kayaking to the largest tidewater glacier in North America. Like the heroine in her story, she battled renegade icebergs and had an encounter with a bear. FROZEN STIFF has been used in the classroom as a companion for both CALL OF THE WILD and JULIE, and has been on several state reading lists, including Battle of the Books for California, 2003-04. Thousands of elementary and middle schoolteachers across the country have incorporated the Iditarod into literature, history, and social studies units. DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW: THE STORY OF THE JR. IDITAROD was added to the California Collection and was also selected as an American Booksellers "Pick of the List. PAULA BARRAGAN is the illustrator of several books for children. In addition to illustrating books, Barragan's artistic endeavors include painting, printmaking, and carpet design, and her fine art is exhibited in the United States and South America. She lives in Quito, Ecuador.
Published July 10, 2007 by August House. 24 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Despite its title, Shahan's latest is not really bilingual, but rather a poetic characterization of nine colors, introducing their Spanish names and employing similes rooted in Latin American culture.

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Shahan (Jazzy Alphabet ) riffs on the many ways that color plays out, south of the border: "Green as Mexican iguanas/ Slither/ Slide/ Samba!/ Green as cilantro and cactus./ Wiggle/ Waggle/ Rumba!"

Nov 15 2004 | Read Full Review of Spicy Hot Colors: Colores Pic...

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