Isabel and Her Colores Go to School

Alexandra Alessandri, illus. by Courtney Dawson. Sleeping Bear, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-5341-1063-2
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)
Reviewed on : 06/24/2021
Release date: 07/01/2021
Genre: Children's
Ebook - 40 pages - 978-1-5341-9262-1
Portable Document Format (PDF) - 40 pages - 978-1-5341-9226-3
Digital Format - 978-1-5341-9238-6
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