Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Children's Book Review: The Black Book of Colors


My kids recently checked this book out of the library and just loved it.  I was very pleased with its unique nature, and I loved watching my kids explore it.  Here's the description from the front flap:

"It is very hard for a sighted person to imagine what it is like to be blind.  This groundbreaking, award-winning book endeavors to convey the experience of a person who can only see through his or her sense of touch, taste, smell, or hearing.

"Raised black line drawings on black paper, which can be deciphered by touch, accompany a beautifully written text describing colors through imagery.  The text is translated into braille, so that the sighted reader can begin to image what it is like to read by touch, and there is a full braille alphabet at the end of the book.

"First published in Mexico, The Black Book of Colors won the New Horizons prize at the Bologna Children's Book Fair in 2007.  It has since been published around the world and has been universally praised for its unique and innovative approach."

For example, yellow is described as tasting "like mustard" but feeling "as soft as a baby chick's feathers."  My kids loved running their fingers over the braille words and feeling the pictures, trying to guess what they were before tilting the book to the light to see them.  This book is a unique sensory experience, and also a great way to expose kids to the world of the blind.  It can easily lead into imaginative discussions of "what do you think this color tastes/looks/smells/feels like?"  I highly recommend it as a "thinker" book for young children.... my 4 and 6 year olds loved it!
 

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