Winner:2017 Wilbur Award, Youth/Children AudiobookIn 1953, Esref Armagan was born completely blind to a poor family in Istanbul, Turkey. He received no formal education, and spent his childhood days in his father's shop where he developed the curiousity to create and draw. He experienced the world through touch, and learned to visually reproduce his surroundings, including color, shadows, and perspective, with his hands. The blind artist's story will be an inspiration to young artists of all abilities.
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Rachelle Burk is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children. Her books include Tree House in a Storm , Don't Turn the Page!, The Tooth Fairy Trap, Miss Crump's Funny Bone, Sleep Soundly at Beaver's Inn, and The Walking Fish. Her work has appeared in national publications such as Highlights for Children and Scholastic Science classroom magazines. She lives in New Brunswick. Artist Claudia Gadotti is an illustrator and portrait painter with more than a decade of experience. She graduated from the Academy of Art University with a BFA and a major in Illustration, presently working mostly with children’s books, book covers, magazines, and portraits. Claudia grew up in Italy and currently lives and works in New Zealand.
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Painting in the Dark: Esref Armagan, Blind Artist based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Painting in the Dark: Esref Armagan, Blind Artist by Rachelle Burk is about Esref, who is blind from birth. Though he could not see, Esref drew to understand the environment and feel connected with the world. He could understand the shape of objects by touching them, but he was curious to know more about colors. Esref asked his father to buy him a set of color pencils when he was fifteen and his father asked him to memorize the order of colors of how he would lay out the pencils. The book encourages all readers to rise above their limitations and disabilities and reach the goals they have set for themselves. The book is heartwarming and inspirational and introduces readers to new techniques and concepts. The illustrations are bright and colorful and they make the story, scenes, and the characters vivid and alive. It is an encouraging and inspiring book for all youngsters and should be in all school and public libraries. The story of Esref sets an example to those who have disabilities and will definitely motivate them to overcome their drawbacks and achieve their goals. The story is well executed and readers also get to see how Esref shares his talents and blindness with the medical world. This wonderful story will reach out to readers and encourage them to do things by overcoming the limitations and obstacles they face. It will also guide them to find their purpose in life and explore the world around them like Esref.