Isabel and Her Colores Go to School (English With Some Spanish)

by Alexandra Alessandri (Author) Courtney Dawson (Illustrator)

Isabel and Her Colores Go to School (English With Some Spanish)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
English, with its blustery blues and whites, just feels wrong to Isabel. She prefers the warm oranges and pinks of Spanish. As she prepares for class at a new school, she knows she's going to have to learn--and she would rather not! Her first day is uncomfortable, until she discovers there's more than one way to communicate with friends. This is a universal story about feeling new and making new friends.

Publishers Weekly

In this bilingual picture book, Isabel, a tan-skinned Latinx child who loves coloring, feels prepared for the first day of school, except for one thing: "Isabel didn't speak much inglés./ English sounded wrong, like/ stormy blues and blizzard whites. Isabel preferred the pinks/ and yellows and purples of español." Once there, Isabel suffers a few language blunders and misunderstandings, including unintentionally declining proffered friendship from Black classmate Sarah--until a coloring session turns the day around. Alessandri melds Spanish and English in a narration filled with varying color words, and bubbles on each page offer the corresponding text entirely in Spanish. Dawson's expressive digital art emphasizes the big-eyed characters' emotions amid a classroom of students with differing skin tones. This synesthesia-inflected tale helps teach colors while simultaneously buoying those nervous about language barriers. Back matter includes a Spanish-English glossary. Ages 6-7. (July)

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
July 20, 2021

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