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The Black Book of Colors [Hardcover]

Menena Cottin , Rosana Faria
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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June 1 2008

A New York Times Book Review choice as one of the 10 Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2008

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, complement a beautifully written text describing colors through imagery. Braille letters accompany the text so that the sighted reader can begin to imagine what it is like to use Braille to read. A full Braille alphabet at the end of the book can be used to learn more.


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...simple, sensuous text...The objects described with embossed lines that force readers to encounter them tactilely rather than visually. The shock readers feel will give way to wonder as they lose themselves in sightlessness and imagine the richness...Fascinating, challenging and lovely. (Kirkus Reviews 2008-05-01)

...[a] most intriguing, very black book... (Globe and Mail 2008-06-21)

...this non-picture book by a pair of Venezuelan artists reads triumphantly...While the concept is arresting in itself, Thomas' proclamations about color reveal him as a bold, engaging character...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. (Publishers Weekly 2008-06-08)

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. (School Library Journal 2008-08-08)

The Black Book of Colors [is] an intellectually challenging, graphically remarkable picture book. (New York Times 2008-11-08)

The Black Book of Colors provides an excellent opportunity for children and adults to explore experiences and perspectives that are different from their own. Through the content and format of this book, readers will begin to understand the experience of a person who can only see through his or her other senses...The content stimulates the imagination...This book also has the value of teaching all readers to appreciate difference and, indirectly, the importance of inclusion. The Black Book of Colors is fully accessible to children who are blind, and it will validate their own experiences and acknowledge them as experts in reading by touch...a very appropriate 'educational resource' in the classroom...[and] a unique and innovative reading experience. Highly Recommended. (CM Magazine 2008-05-01)

What is most remarkable abuot this book's captivating concept...Is its execution. (Booklist 2008-08-08)

...this is an elegant and artistic project, and it's sure to elicit some contemplation and discussion from young audiences...[The Black Book of Colours] offer[s] new realms to explore for visually impaired kids left out of the fun of most picture-book pages. (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 2008-07-01)

This inventive picture book relates the ways the unseen Thomas experiences colors...Black raised line art is set against black pages that echo Thomas' spirited imagery and invite readers to explore what it's like to read with their fingertips. The descriptive, sensory text, which also incorporates white type and Braille, combined with an innovative design, makes this book the perfect starting point for discussions on difference, perspective, and experiencing and describing the world in new ways, topics that are relevant to readers of all ages. (Booklist 2008-10-08)

...unique.... (Baltimore City Public Schools 2011-05-01)

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"This inventive picture book relates the ways the unseen Thomas experiences colors. . . . Black raised line art is set against black pages that echo Thomas’ spirited imagery and invite readers to explore what it’s like to read with their fingertips. The descriptive, sensory text, which also incorporates white type and Braille, combined with an innovative design, makes this book the perfect starting point for discussions on difference, perspective, and experiencing and describing the world in new ways, topics that are relevant to readers of all ages."

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great Dec 19 2008
By elfdart TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
this is a really cool book, its a kids book of colours for blind children. the whole book is black, there is no other colour, but on every page there is a picture the sticks up for a person to feel and there is the accompanying sentence on the opposite side with braille under it. at the end it has the braille alphabet. it's a really cool idea.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Black book of colors June 5 2011
Format:Hardcover
The Black book of colors - I bought this out of curiosity and was blown away with it, every page is black with the "color" in an embossed picture - you have to feel the page also the story is written in braille on the written page. Its an awesome book to introduce the discussion of disabilities and how the World can be "seen" differently.
I loved the book and had to show everybody the day I received it.The Black Book of Colors
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book! March 26 2009
Format:Hardcover
What an amazing concept for a book! Hats off to the creators. My Mother is legally blind, and I remember doing my best to explain colours as I perceived them to her as I grew up... I have just ordered this book for my nephew, who is almost one year old. Though he may not fully grasp this concept immediately, I think this book could serve as an interesting glimpse of what it is like for his Grandma as he grows up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book Aug. 18 2010
Format:Hardcover
It is so difficult for a sighted person to understand how those with visual impairments "see". This book is an amazingly beautiful attempt at this difficult concept. It's an amazing book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty... But... June 29 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My children wont even look at it.... There could have been a sample of the color described maybe...Not appropriate for my kids
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