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Reviewed by Gail Kamer for Readers' Favorite
Colors/Colores by Sarah Dawgert utilizes bright photos from nature to teach English and Spanish words. One word of each language is included on each page, making it easy to understand and connect the two languages. Colors included in both languages are: blue, orange, yellow, red, green, pink, brown, purple, gray, tan, and white. Nouns that match the photos are provided in a dictionary in the back. The nouns are: sky, pumpkin, grass, flower, acorn, mushroom, strawberry, tree, and leaf. Because of the simplicity of the book, it would be easy to develop activities on your own to help cement the learning of the two languages.
What a delightful book to use in bilingual learning! The illustrations in Colors/Colores by Sarah Dawgert will immediately pique children's interest as will the colors. Readers can connect to objects that they are familiar with and maybe to words they might already understand. This can quickly assist in the transfer of knowledge into the other language. The bright photos provide room for ample discussion of the objects and the colors, thus strengthening the use of dual language skills. The inclusion of the color word dictionary in the back provides more visual connections between words and their meaning. A dictionary list of nouns with visuals provides an extension of bilingual language. I find Colors/Colores to be a great book for developing bilingual learning in the home or school setting. I recommend it to anyone, no matter their age, who is either learning or teaching English and Spanish word connections.