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Green Is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  897 ratings  ·  224 reviews
Children discover all the bright colors in their Hispanic American neighborhood.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by Chronicle Books
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Kaethe Douglas
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
#41 in my 365 Kids Books challenge and multi-year effort to Goodreads to fix the Top Readers, etc. lists. For a full explanation see my review for 101 Amazing Facts about Australia You can see all the books on their own shelf.

Here's a fun one. The rhymes and the art are good, and the background details are well worth dawdling over. But by association with the gun introduced in the first act, the volcano is concerning.

Library copy
Amanda Coppedge
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I adore the illustrations!
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I adore this book and plan to purchase it for my class.
Katie Goddard
One connection I found in “Red is a Chile Pepper,” was a text-to-self (TS) connection. A text-to-self connection involves having students identify how the book reminds them of events, characters, and themes in their own lives. How does the book remind you of your own life? What characters or themes can you relate to in the book? This book about colors reminded me of how I have learned a new culture through my roommate. In the book, the family makes different foods for the party such as green Chi ...more
Credits: Lively, lovely illustrations that give a flavor of daily Mexican life. Detailed glossary in back.

Debits: The verses aren't especially graceful (eg. Red is a ribbon. / Red is a bow / and skirts for / baile folklórico). Arbitrary color assignments (eg. Pink are piñatas, Purple are rides at the feria). Also, selection of “púrpura” and “marrón” for purple and brown, without mentioning the legion other names for these colors in Mexico. Final couplet feels like weirdly arbitrary picks: “In p
Caurie Kuzelka
This book represents text-to-world. It is all about discovering colors that are all around us. I can connect this to the world purely by the fact that we all discover new colors and arrays of color while walking through everyday life in our neighborhood, workplace, school, and overall environment. By finding new murals on walls downtown, or watching sunsets with loved ones, we are always discovering new colors and a love for our surroundings. I think young children especially have this vital ste ...more
Nicole Santiago
"Green is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors" is a bilingual, color concept book. It was recognized as an honor book for the Pura Belpré Award in 2015 for its illustrations. The Latinos pictured are represented with a variety of skin tones, representative of the different shades found throughout Latin America. Language is used authentically and didn't include "double word use" with the English word immediately following. A glossary is included at the end of the book.

The richly colored and detaile
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is a mixture of Spanish and English words. It’s a simple book that talks about the things that are of specific colors in Hispanic culture. This book has a rhyming text and also teaches how to say each color in Spanish and English.
This book is an award-winning book from ‘Pura Belpre Honor Book’ of 2014. It can be used for elementary school students to learn about Hispanic culture, colors and vocabulary specially if you have Hispanic students in your class. This book is great for early
Kellee Moye
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A color book told through the eyes of a young girl as she explores her Hispanic neighborhood. The illustrations are so vibrant and vivid and show such a diversity of people, traditions, and families. The text includes bilingual words thrown throughout the rhymes.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
For a children’s book about colors (and there are so many it’s hard to stand out), this is probably one of my favorites! It is a celebration of Latino culture, teaches colors in both English & Spanish, and the art is festive and fun. There is a glossary at the back for the additional Spanish words included in the text, too.
Callie *Fights Censorship*
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
A nice bilingual book that feels authentically Latin as it references ethic foods and spices, festivals and celebrations.

Not your average book of colors.

Illustrations are colorful, bright, interesting, and engaging.
100 Pages per Hour
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Super cute mentor text that has a lot of Spanish words in it. Also I love that the basis is on colors in both Spanish and English. I would probably not read to a grade higher than 3rd though. My third graders weren't super impressed. But they liked the Spanish! ...more
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Gorgeous folk-art style.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young Hispanic requests
Recommended to June by: Shelley
A simple introduction into Hispanic items through colors.
Mama Bibliosoph
So many other books I looked at for introducing the idea of there being other languages (specifically highlighting the Spanish language) lacked a really strong structure, which is extra important when demanding a child absorb a difficult language-based concept.

But Green is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors was a home-run. It has the familiar format of a color primer (This page has things that are blue; this one has things that are green, etc.), and introduces Mexican/Mexican-American cultural obj
Abby Dockery
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Genre - Concept / Picture Book
Grade Level - Pre-K - K
Themes - N/A
Awards - Pura Belpre

Summary - The family in this story is exploring all the colors of the rainbow. They do so by finding the color in everyday objects. For example, red is a ribbon and red is salsa on rice. The words in this book are written like rhymed poetry and every color also includes a Spanish portrayal of the color. Purple is the feria prizes that we win, each Spanish word is defined in the back of the book in the glossa
Rachel Bland
Apr 15, 2019 added it
Shelves: wow-books
In this novel in verse novel, Roseanne Greenfield Thong introduces the reader to colors in both English and Spanish. Readers of Green is a Chile Pepper are introduced to elements of Latino culture through food and festivities. I would use this book in a 3rd grade classroom in terms of upper elementary other than the situation indicated below.

While this book isn’t difficult in terms of reading level, it introduces challenging concepts that could be used to deepen the conversation about the text.
Jamie Steckler
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The children around their neighborhood explore the colorful world around them where many of the objects are "Hispanic in origin but universal in their appeal". A bilingual text is present as each color is also written in Spanish on the page and the end features a glossary of definitions of the Spanish words that were used throughout the story.

I think this book was beautifully done and really captures the spirit of the Hispanic culture while still being a teaching lesson for children all the lik
Lindsey Hoskinson
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Pura Belpré Award
2015 Illustrator Honor
Copyright 2014

The book Green Is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Thong is an excellent multicultural book. It uses both English and Spanish words throughout the book, another thing that I really enjoyed is that the story is told through the eyes of a young girl as she adventures through her Hispanic neighborhood.

Text-to-text: In the sense of colors, this book reminds me of "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" by Eric Carle because we are able to learn colo
Paige Joerger
This is my first multicultural picture book I chose.

Text-to text connection: Not only does book goes really well with its sister book, "Round is a Tortilla", by the same author- Roseanne Greenfield Thong- but also goes really well with the book "Brown Bear, Brown, Bear, What Do You See? That was one of my favorite books as a kid, and another great book for young children to learn and distinguish between their colors, animals, or items that the colors are associated with.

Text-to-self connection:
Cara Turski
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Green is a Chile Pepper” is a children’s concept book about color. It is set in Mexico and captures many aspects of Hispanic culture including the food, dances, and holidays. It is more elaborate and expansive than other concept books I have been exposed to. This is great because it gives more opportunities to interact with the book and for “book talk.” It is appropriate for children 2-6 who are still learning the colors. It could also be used with older children learning either Spanish or Engl ...more
Amy Cobbs
“Boys and girls, we are going to continue our Social Studies unit on Hispanic Americans. Looking at our read-aloud for today, who can read the first word of our book’s title?” Student replies, “Green.” “Good Job!” The title is Green is a Chile Pepper, Who can tell me what do we know about peppers? Peppers are a vegetable. Yes and peppers come in many colors also peppers are used in a lot of Mexican American or Latin culture foods. In this book we are going to learn about the colors of Mexico and ...more
Ms. Cobbs
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“Boys and girls, we are going to continue our Social Studies unit on Hispanic Americans. Looking at our read-aloud for today, who can read the first word of our book’s title?” Student replies, “Green.” “Good Job!” The title is Green is a Chile Pepper, Who can tell me what do we know about peppers? Peppers are a vegetable. Yes and peppers come in many colors also peppers are used in a lot of Mexican American or Latin culture foods. In this book we are going to learn
Ashley Hunter
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent book because it has both English and uses Spanish words, it also brings Hispanic culture into the book and the different types of food. While I was reading this book it reminded me of another children's book I have read. There is a children's book with food that has both the English word for the food item and the Spanish word for the food. In this story there was a color of the food said in both English and Spanish then they would describe the food. The food in this book wa ...more
Denice Hein
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
1.) Text-to-Self: I think students could relate to this book as young learners of colors. I think first or second graders could relate and remember what it was like to learn colors and now this book is about colors and a different culture with some vocabulary words from the Latin culture. I connected with the book in remembering learning simple Spanish words as a high schooler.
2.) In subtle ways, the book exposes the reader to the Spanish culture and it’s traditions with festivals and family fea
Lauren Rhodes
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Todos, alguien
Literature Requirement ALA Notable Children’s Books 2014
This delightful book teaches the names of colors in Spanish and some of the foods and customs associated with different colors. The illustrations are brilliantly designed and unique in the color tones just like the color tones you see on the cover. This lovely book introduces kids to Spanish vocabulary and colors and provides an informative glossary and has a fun to read rhyming text to excite readers. The story is told through a little Hi
This picture book details items in the Mexican culture that fit various colors. It was unclear to me through the pictures if the children lived in a southwestern state of the USA or in Mexico. One page does show a volcano in the background which makes me think it may be more of a Mexican setting, although the description says it is in a Mexican-American neighborhood. I liked how the author used the Spanish words for items shown and didn't include "double word use" with the English word immediate ...more
Alyssa Clark
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: award-winning
1. Green Is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Thong won the 2015 Pura Belpré Award for its vivid illustrations.
2. I think this book can be used for PreK and K to learn colors and first grade to indulge in the Spanish culture.
3. This book teaches children colors using bright images and descriptive language. It also compares each color to a Spanish food or another aspect of their culture. For example, they compared orange to the marigolds they use to celebrate the Day of the Dead.
4. I
Whitney Deaton
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diversity
This is a light-hearted, Spanish color book. Each page describes a different color, and what that color represents in the Spanish culture. For example, the author says, "Green are the cornstalks. Green are the pails. Green is the bench for abuela's tales". This book is great to read to kids in your home or your classroom. This is a great book to incorporate in a Spanish lesson in the classroom, or to add diversity to your classroom. Each page is illustrated where the majority of the colors on th ...more
I would recommend learning the Glossary at the end before beginning to read it to a child, so as to be prepared for their questions -- not just about specific Spanish words but also about cultural practices.

The illustrations have a good amount of the featured color, and the rhymes flow nicely.

The timeline jumps around a little bit -- with Day of the Dead happening near the beginning and near the end but with Las Posadas happening in the middle. I didn't feel like I was trying to follow a specifi
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