De Colores by Jos-Luis Orozco is one of my all time favorite books for the early childhood classroom. The pictures alone, drawn by Elisa Kleven, are reason enough to buy the book. Each poem comes to life with her drawings.
The collection of 27 poems was collected by Mr. Orozco from his own childhood memories in Mexico as well as in extensive travel in North, Central, and South America, the Caribbean and Spain. The words are simple and with only a few lines, making them especially easy for the young child to learn. For those that can read music, each poem is written out muscially to make classroom singing easier. If I had to pick one book to have in my kindergarten classroom, this would be it.
Songs in the book include:
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