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Green Is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  758 ratings  ·  201 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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Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I adore this book and plan to purchase it for my class.
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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.
Callie Rose Tyler
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.
Amanda Coppedge
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I adore the illustrations!
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
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.
Denise Hershberger
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!
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
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
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This concept books celebrates Hispanic American culture through rhyme and color, painting a rainbow of celebrations for young readers. Perfect for sharing out loud.
Rebecca Honeycutt
Gorgeous folk-art style.
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
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
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
Caroline Fields
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Nonfiction- Concept Book
Awards: Pura Belpre Honor Book
Age: K-5th
A. The topic of this book is colors.
B. Each page focuses on a different color. The page has a part of that page colored the color of choice, and the illustrations on that page are focused on the color. The book shows where we see that color in everyday life, so the concept of colors becomes more familiar by connecting to the reader's real-world background knowledge.
C. The color that is being explored on the page is bolded. T
Bailey Towles
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book of colors is told through the eyes of a young girl. The girls is exploring her Hispanic neighborhood. This book is bilingual and very authentic. The book dives into the many colors found around the neighborhood and provides the colors in both English and Spanish. She talks about the foods, city lights, workplace, school, and sunsets.

This book has super cute illustrations. It was very engaging for me because I find Hispanic culture very interesting, especially since I have been teacher
Madeline Krasnasky
I thought that this book was very cute and thought the concept of colors in Spanish very well. I loved that each page rhymed and gave examples of things that were of the specific color. Not only did it mention objects, but these objects were related to the Latino/Spanish culture which was beneficial because the reader could understand the object as well as what color it was. I think this would be a good book to introduce Spanish culture or teaching Spanish words for colors. Even if the language ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Nonfiction Concept Book
Awards: Pura Belpré Honor Book
Audience: Kinder-1st Grade
A. This book teaches kids their colors in English and Spanish and also teaches a little bit about Hispanic culture, including what they eat and things they do.
B. This book uses simple sentences and simple words, lots of color and large illustrations, and it teaches the color words in English and Spanish, with pronunciation keys in the back.
C. This book has large text, bold colors, and the English and Spanish
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
diverse picture book (colors / toddler/preschool ages 2-6)
* Book prominently features diverse characters: yes, the main characters belong to a dark-skinned family of Latinx descent. The text is mostly in English, but introduces colors and illustrated terms in Spanish (which are also defined in a glossary at the back).
* Book would work for a toddler/preschool storytime. The text is nice and short, and the identification of the colors invites audience participation. Teachers/readers might struggle
Taylor Varejcka
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it

A book about colors using Latino culture concepts to help children learn and embrace colors and the Latino culture. With bold illustrations and beautiful rhyming, children will be interested to learn not only colors, but Spanish vocabulary as well.


Give students a list of objects in Spanish from the book (with english translations). Ask them to pick and draw a picture of one object and write a sentence(s) with the Spanish translated word. Share with the class, to show creativity
Destiny Leskovac
Green is a Chili Pepper is a simple yet well illustrated story that showcases colors while also telling about unique Spanish speaking country traditions and activities. The colorful illustrations depict games, food, and traditions. A glossary in the back clearly defines each Spanish word in a way that is easy for young children to understand. This book offers quite a bit of insight into the everyday lives of children in Spanish speaking countries. I highly recommend this wonderful book to those ...more
Jordyn Coan
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Green is a CHile Pepper by Roseanne Thong and illustrated by John Parra is a wonderfully done concept book. This book explores colors in a unique way. The book is centered around a Spanish community and not only explores different colors, but ties in Spanish vocabulary and terms. For example by favorite page in the book explores different items that are orange: "Orange are the marigolds on the Day of the Dead. Orange are the platos for special bread. Orange - Naranja" Within each page students a ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is an excellent example of the successful integration of the English and Spanish languages! The fantastic illustrations help the reader identify what is going on within each set of pages while the mixture of the two languages have the ability to assist children who are learning Spanish.

This book combines the English and Spanish languages fluidly; with specific regards to the narrative that is being described within each set of pages, which corresponds to particular colors. I would abs
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
2015 Pura Belpre Honor Book for Illustration

Themes: Colors/English and Spanish/Things around the world

This would be a good book for a bilingual storytime.

"In this lively concept book children discover a rainbow of colors in the world around them: Red is spices and swirling skirts, yellow is masa, tortillas, and sweet corn cake. Many of the featured objects are Hispanic in origin, but all are universal in appeal. With rich, exuberant illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative g
Luisa Knight
Learn your colors and Mexican culture with this read. You just might pick up some Spanish words too!

Ages: 3 - 6

Cleanliness: Halloween (of Day of the Dead) is featured with skeleton figurines/costumes.

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Stephanie H
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book explains the colors in our world through the lens of the Hispanic culture. Each color is compared and tied into the Hispanic culture either with the food, clothing, events, and music that Hispanic people experience. The illustrations are very colorful and the use of Spanish words throughout the text make it more engaging. The book does include a glossary at the end of the book to define the Spanish words used throughout the text. This is a great book to use with primary grade students.
Sandra Madrid
Green Is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors is a book about the Latino culture. It talk about different things within the Latino culture and their meanings. For example, it mentions the day of the dead and the meaning behind it, it also used colors to describe different things present in the culture. It mentions red is for spices, or yellow is for the masa to make tortillas or corn cake. This book is very diverse because it includes the diversity within the Latino community.
The illustrations are
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
In the picture book, Green is a Chile Pepper, Roseanne Greenfield Thong and John Parra have created a rich palette of verse and illustration that beautifully describes life in a Hispanic community. Short, rhymed English text is peppered with Spanish which creates the right flavor for a picture book that entertains and educates. A glossary of Spanish words at the back of the book is an added bonus. For ages 3 - 7.
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