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The Black Book of Colorsby Menena Cottin, Rosana Faria
Living with the use of one's eyes can make imagining blindness difficult, but this innovative title invites readers to imagine living without sight through remarkable illustrations done with raised lines and descriptions of colors based on imagery. Braille letters accompany the illustrations and a full Braille alphabet offers sighted readers help reading along with
Living with the use of one's eyes can make imagining blindness difficult, but this innovative title invites readers to imagine living without sight through remarkable illustrations done with raised lines and descriptions of colors based on imagery. Braille letters accompany the illustrations and a full Braille alphabet offers sighted readers help reading along with their fingers. This extraordinary title gives young readers the ability to experience the world in a new way.
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Attempting to convey the experience of blindness, this non-picture book by a pair of Venezuelan artists reads triumphantly. White text appears on black pages, with braille above; on the facing page, also black, images suggested in the text are printed in raised black lines-inviting the reader to discover them through touch alone. (Decoding the images this way, not incidentally, is difficult.) "Thomas," the narrator begins, "says that yellow tastes like mustard, but is as soft as a baby chick's feathers." Opposite, delicately drawn plumes float across the page. While the concept is arresting in itself, Thomas's proclamations about color reveal him as a bold, engaging character. Red is "sour"; brown "crunches"; and green "tastes like lemon ice cream." He has given careful thought to all the colors, "but black is the king.... It is as soft as silk when his mother hugs him and her hair falls in his face." It would be a mistake to read the book as a message about how the other senses compensate for blindness; "compensate" doesn't do justice to all that Thomas offers about what he tastes and feels and hears and smells. Ages 5-10. (June)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
With entirely black pages and a bold white text, this is not your typical color book. Meant to be experienced with the fingers instead of the eyes, this extraordinary book allows sighted readers to experience colors the way blind people do: through the other senses. The text, in both print and Braille, presents colors through touch (yellow is "as soft as a baby chick's feathers"), taste (red "as sweet as watermelon"), smell ("green smells like grass that's just been cut"), and sound (brown "crunches...like fall leaves"). Faría's distinctive illustrations present black shapes embossed on a black background for readers to feel instead of see. One page even describes a rainbow. A guide to the Braille alphabet appears at the end of the book. Fascinating, beautifully designed, and possessing broad child appeal, this book belongs on the shelves of every school or public library committed to promoting disability awareness and accessibility. A feast for the fingers.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
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- 11.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 10 Years
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Taught my students how to read Braille for Disabilty Awareness Week! Great book to use to teach children to describe colors using all their senses=)
The students were fascinated by illustrations they could feel instead of view. The book lends itself to lively read alouds and discussion. Be prepared to hold the book out or walk around the room, so children can feel the pictures. Discussion can center around visual impairment, or the text can be used to introduce simili. The book inspires many literature response activities. While this book is great for introducing braile to seeing children, it was not designed to accomodate the visually impaired. This is a big problem for an otherwise excellent book.