The Color of My Paint

The Color of My Paint

by Mario L. Vazquez


Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Friday, March 29

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439205112
Publisher: BookSurge, LLC
Publication date: 10/07/2008
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.37(d)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

The Color of My Paint 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son is in Pre-K... his every day assignment is to read a story, discuss it with me, and make a drawing that reflects what he perceived from the story.   Well, last night I pulled out your book and read him the 1st story, The Creature Without a Tail.  Let me just say, he was so happy that the setting was in Puerto Rico. From the moment I began to read, he was so into it. He loves iguanas and lagartijos, so even more so was he intrigued by the story.  He even added his ideas of what could happen next and what the boy should've done.  After I finished, he gave me a summary of the story back in his own words... so detailed. I was so impressed, and very happy to see how your book is even a hit with the younger children. My son is only 4yrs old.. Thanks again for the book!   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
leandro40 More than 1 year ago
The color of my Paint is a beautiful book. At the end, the book shows us that with persistence dreams can come true. I recommend this book to all the people who don’t pass much time with their family. I wasn’t a person that really liked to stay with my family, but after reading this book, it inspired me to be with them. I really enjoyed the chapter that is dedicated to the union between families. In this book it shows how staying with your family is so beautiful. Like him I like to have dreams and see them fulfilled. Everyone needs to have dreams to live a good life. After reading this book, I hold my dreams as a treasure, because now I learned how beautiful it can be, having dreams, passing time with your family, and do what your heart tells you to do. I recommend this book for middle, high school and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For all the colors of paint there are in the world, there are just as many literary styles. ¿The Color of My Paint¿ is written in a very, excuse the pun, colorful style which draws the stories of Mario Vazquez as clear as if it were being painted in front of your eyes. The book¿s vocabulary isn¿t very challenging or difficult to understand making it an easy read. Combined with its many life lessons and examples of hard decision making make this book an ideal read for those in middle school, perhaps making their worlds a little less grey. Overall ¿The Color of My Paint¿ is in no ways the next Shakespeare, but it will keep your attention from cover to cover.
JosuePantaleon10thGrade More than 1 year ago
This book can wake a person up and make them realize what life is about. In this book by Mario Vazquez, he tells many stories that many people can probably relate to. The Color of My Paint is inspirational, it can teach many young adults valuable lessons, and I recommend this book for students in middle school and high school. This story is about a young Puerto Rican boy who goes through many life altering events that made him who he is now. I can personally say that I have never imagined my teacher as a person who has gone through this, from his early years living with his grandma and chopping iguana's tales of, to joining the military so he can become independent and pay for college himself. This book varies in short stories such as, discovering a first love, going through a natural disaster, and forming a friendly gang. This book is a must read for anybody that enjoys reading about memorable stories and heart filling events.
Krystal_Rojas More than 1 year ago
The "Color Of My Paint" was an inspiring book. I would recommend this book for any student but primarily high school students. This book can pertain to students who believe in their goals and in achieving them. I enjoyed reading this book because I felt I got a better understanding of obstacles that one goes through to become successful in what they love to do. I read "Color of My Paint" in a short matter of time, I don't read much but this book was very interesting and motivating because of the authors experiences and difficult decisions that had to be made when it came to choosing a career. When reading, you look back into your own childhood memories, so it is a book you can relate to. Overall, I recommend this book because it's a book that has meaning and tells a story about a child growing up and making life changing decisions.
Awad More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading "The Color of My Paint", it was a wonderful book to read. It showed me a different side of my teacher. I recommend this book for high school students, preferably juniors, and seniors because you have to take the book seriously to actually take the time to read about a special person's life, who went through many achievements in life. It inspired me to never deter away from my dreams, and I'm sure it will do the same to you. Personally, I loved the book and I have no criticism what so ever against "The Color of My Paint". I liked the book because it reminded me of my own childhood, and how to never give up. It brought back many memories that connected me with the book, and that's why I recommend it for all to read it. The book will keep you smiling, and giggling. For that I am proud to call Mr. Vazquez my Art teacher.
Abigail15 More than 1 year ago
As I began reading the stories in the book it was hard for me to put it down or stop reading. I would really recommend this book for students from grades 5-12. As a senior in high school I enjoyed it myself and even identified with one of the stories. It had to do with where I am now, because I know I will have to make the decision of where I want to go after high school. I can identify with the last chapter because it was about a life changing decision. My sister was even asking me questions about the book when I was reading it because she saw I was so interested. I encouraged her to read it as I do to many others.
KobeN More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of memoirs, and especially if the author is an artist. The cover and title really peaked my interest in reading this memoir to begin with. The material in The Color of My Pain, is not only inspiring but also informative. This is a coming of age tale of an artist with a twist. The author shares his experiences about his journey and of his self exploration while growing up as an artist. Even though this book is geared towards a younger demographic, and I'm a 20 year old artist, it's still a brilliant read. Artist can always learn from each other, and this memoir is a testament to that.
Liander More than 1 year ago
As I began reading the book, The Color of My Paint I got interested in reading more for many reasons. One of them and the most important is that it doesn't matter where you live; you are always going to learn something good from yourself and your mistakes. This book brought me back in time when I was young boy because of the way that the author tells the stories of his childhood. I used to live in Cuba when I was a little kid so everything in the book reminded me the way I used to live. I believe this book could help many children to stay safe; it could help their parents to have a better connection with their son or daughter. Every chapter in this book is a learning experience and the reader will learn something new in many ways. I can't wait until the author of this book writes another one.
Vanessa63 More than 1 year ago
The Color of my Paint is a very entertaining series of short stories that is about the life of a young Puerto Rican boy, who through out his life had a very creative mind and would find things around his backyard and house. He would start making different sorts of things out of sticks and shells. This young boy is also the author of the book. I totally recommend this book for everyone because it doesn't get you bored and is very fascinating. I usually don't like to read and don't read anything at all, but one of my friends had borrowed the book and it caught my eye and seemed interesting to me so I started reading it and I was right it was very amusing. I loved how I could picture everything that was happening in the story in my mind. I recommend it for middle school ages and above. I hope you enjoy this book like I did.
jh62 More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book for young adults because it teaches many values and it's also a great read. Anyone will be able to relate to it. It bypasses any cultural division or barrier; it brings back memories from my childhood. It gives you a different perspective from a different time, and it shows how much we have in common even though it took place in another era. The real adventurous stories give an awesome account of time and what was done for fun not so long ago. Overall the book is great and it's best for kids that are in middle school. I recommend this book because of the great amount of lessons it conveys.
britneymc More than 1 year ago
The book was very descriptive; it also was humorous and clearly vivid. I like how the author explained his childhood and how to live and learn from our previous mistakes. I love the way he put the glossary in the back of the book and made it easier to understand. I really can relate to his childhood stories because I use to be shy too! It reminded me of when I waited for my mom at times when she would work at nights on late night shifts. I appreciated whenever I would find her home. This is a good book because I visualized everything as I read it. The book inspired me to keep trying my best to do better in life and be creative in developing my own artistic skills.
DDroman More than 1 year ago
The book "The Color of My Paint" by Mario L. Vazquez is a wonderful short story book. I LOVE IT!!! I recommend this book to everyone because it is very interesting since each chapter leaves a lesson from your mistakes, such as, the value of family, honesty, etc. It makes you remember those experiences that you lived during your childhood that in some way influenced your life. In my opinion this book reminded me of my childhood and I identify myself a lot with the author because my relationship with my grandmother was about the same. In addition, my Latin heritage and culture has many similarities or those of Puerto Rico compared with Colombia. What I liked was that this book awakened much of my interest to go visit Puerto Rico because I have always wanted experience and learn even more about their amazing culture and traditions.
ACEstevez More than 1 year ago
"The Color of My Paint" is an amazing, short story book of the memoirs of a young Puerto Rican boy and the lessons he learned from certain childhood and adolescent experiences. While entertaining his readers with stories that will captivate your attention and inspire a need to revisit precious childhood memories, Vazquez manages to instill in his reader's timeless and valuable life lessons that should never be forgotten. The book is a fantastic read that emphasizes important morals without the over-elaboration of its topics, allowing for an age range of readers ranging from middle school to high school and beyond. Vazquez's use of diction creates vivid pictures in the minds of his readers as they explore the world of his childhood experiences. As he revisits the times when he would play in his aunt's backyard, to the times when he would create works of art that ignited his passion for it, to the difficult time of deciding on what to do with his life after high school. You find yourself trapped in his world, feeling the island breezes as he plays, mesmerized by the stroke of his brush as he paints, and amazed at his maturity as he continues to build upon the structure that shaped his life. I enjoyed it very much and would highly recommend it to other readers. I cannot wait for his second book.
melenyrivera More than 1 year ago
The book The Color of My Paint by Mario L. Vazquez is a very good book. It was interesting and brought back a lot of memories from when I was little and memories from last summer when I visited Puerto Rico. To tell you the truth I still do the same exact thing he did when he was little. I would go to my grandma's back yard and search for everything and anything. I remember when I learned a couple of lessons when I was a kid; responsibility and honesty were two of the main ones. I had to learn to be responsible when I asked for a pet and got a puppy. I had to learn to be honest when I lied to my mom and had to pay for the consequences for my action. I love the fact how he describes San Juan, because I could see the images in my head with my family and I walking and having fun like we did this past summer. Also when he told us about his family tradition it got me thinking about my family tradition, which is also on Sundays in front of the TV but we rent movies and buy pop corn and candy and spend the night together. This book definitely brought back wonderful memories of mine and all my mistakes and how I got something out of them. I would recommend this book to my friends and have them look back into there memories because it's a wonderful experience to do so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The color of my paint is a book that the young society can relate to. It contains life-long lessons that are sometimes hard to figure out and this book just lays it out in front of you. For example, it stresses the importance of being honest, never giving up, and working hard for something you really want. Furthermore, it painted the picture of a young boy turning into a man. One saw the development of the character throughout the story, one saw him slowly mature. Along with being a book with morals, it has a humorous side. The process the character had to go through to learn the life lessons were laughable. It reminds one of our childhood and all the troubles we had to experience to get to where we are now. In addition to being humorous, it has cultural reference. The character grew up in Puerto Rico, hence, that culture is displayed in the book but in an unbiased manner. The book is versatile and relevant to many young adults.
Nini72 More than 1 year ago
The Color of my paint is an extra ordinary and authentic book to read. It would take you back to your childhood memories. I really liked this book because it reminded me of so many young memories as a kid and even now. For example I remember building a kite in my Kinder-garden class. I also remember when I went to Nicaragua to enjoy our town festivities and carnivals, better known as our "Las Fiestas Patronales." That was a really fun time of the year; celebrating the patron saint of the town. Perhaps I also remember my cousins making bird houses and putting food in it so that they can catch the birds. You can tell that Mario Vazquez was born an artist, he didn't just develop this skills, he was born with them. He was unique in a way, like painting shells and selling them. I can relate to him in many ways like the fact that I use to make bracelets and sell them in school. I honestly recommend you to read this book if you get a chance because I'm pretty sure you're going to like it.
Maria09 More than 1 year ago
"The Color of My Paint" is a wonderful read. The story follows a young boy and all the experiences he goes through in order to find 'the color of his paint'. It reminds me of my family and our customs and also taught me that every experience, good or bad, comes with a lesson. The writing is very descriptive; many times I found myself in awe with just how clearly I was able to imagine the people and situations he would talk about. I not only recommend it for middle and high school students, but for parents as well.
Gpastrana More than 1 year ago
Ok, well to begin with I really want thank my teacher for introducing me to this amazing book. "The Color of My Paint" in my point of view is a really enjoyable book to read. I can relate to the author and his childhood. While I was reading the stories I went threw many flashbacks from my own childhood and all the times I spent with my family and friends in my native country Honduras. This book really put a smile and laughter on my face; it has been the first book that I have enjoyed reading in a long time. I learned a lot of things about his culture. The one thing that captured my attention and to keep in mind was that it reminded me the importance of the pursuit of my dreams, even though there are going to be obstacles along the way and to never give up. ?
Rickara More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read. It shows how a young boy is shaped into the man he is today. It is entertaining and it touches readers, whether or not they can relate to Mario's events. The Color of My Paint is an appropriate gift for people of all ages. It shares and teaches family value, honesty, and more. Things that we often overlook with time are brought to the surface. With this book, one has to feel something. I believe The Color of My Paint will leave a lasting effect on anyone who reads it, as it did to me.
ipod_for_life More than 1 year ago
The books cover is very eye grasping. The title and the cover picture are both very interesting. "The Color of My Paint" teaches life lessons that we learn throughout life, some during childhood and others during our adolescence. The beautiful words the author expresses in this book helped me reminisce my childhood, although I'm only seventeen I went a little back in time when reading about co-existing with animals. Very beautifully written, I recommend it for the middle school age group and those who like reading about life lessons or simply want to remember what it was like being a kid again. "The Colors of My Paint" is basically a recap of Mr. Vazquez's (the author) childhood from elementary all the way to high school. It's a great book and easily read but very entertaining.
AdielGonzalez More than 1 year ago
The Color Of My Paint is a really amusing book because it made me remember times in life I had forgotten; it taught me to never give up. I remember when I was 5 years old, I always wanted a little puppy. My parents' hated dogs, plus my mom was allergic. To my surprise when I turned 8 my parents finally bought me a dog. It was years of suffering, with "No's" but they finally gave in. So I learned everything is possible with a little time and faith. Also the book made me understand things I did not understand in life, for example everybody in my house has different religion beliefs and I was so confused which religion was right for me, so I began to learn about different religions. For years, I was searching but did not find an answer. I prayed to God to give me a sign then my best friend came to me and invited me to the Jehovah Witness hall and then in there I found the purpose of my life. This book taught me to have love for animals because they are part of our world. In addition another lesson that the book gave me was never to give up so easily. I recommend this book to everyone from six graders to adulthood.
Laura_Hercha More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful book! As a mother of 3 teenagers I am always looking for good material for them to read. Very few times have I found books like this one: Easy to read, with inspiring stories, with a message in every chapter, with a language that is appropriate for the whole family, and with a way of communicating things that makes you go back in time and remember your childhood!! Anything I could say about this wonderful book would be an understatement...I think it is ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL, and I would recommend it for the whole family!
NicoleAedo More than 1 year ago
Even though this book was meant for a younger audience, it touches the heart of even the older crowd reliving their own past memories and where they are today. This book really shows the reader how even the tinniest memories can mold and affect a child in ways we never realized. Every experience and memory that stays with us is a life lesson we later interpret as a page in our own book. Another factor that drew me towards this book are the pieces of culture and tradition this author brings into the book. The reader can actually feel like they are living in Cidra, Puerto Rico right along with the author. This shows how the place you are raised in and the influences you are surrounded by may lead you into the direction of your own dreams and goals. The main character of the book reminds us of our own tragedies like when he first kills the iguana, doesn't win his first contest for the game show called "A Toda Maquina" but gives us the light of success when we see him grow into his passion for art, winning third place and then the opening of his life as an adult when he joins the national guard, becomes a mailman and art teacher despite his injury. This author has my respect and i look forward to his future novels to come, for this one is a treasure ill be sure not to forget.