Black Book of Colors

Black Book of Colors

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Cottin, Menena, and Rosana Faria.  The Black Book of Colors; translated by Elisa Amado; 24 pages. Groundwood Books.  2006. ISBN 978-0-88899-873-6.

This beautiful, mostly black book describes colors from a blind person’s perspective.  The black, embossed line art is meant to be touched with your fingers.  The white text is simple, yet descriptive.  Each text page also has the Braille words.  Children of all ages will love reading and touching this book.  This book provides a good starting point for discussing people’s differences.   The Braille alphabet is on the end page for reference.

On the left side of one page, in white text against the black background, it says “Brown crunches under his feet like fall leaves.  Sometimes it smells like chocolate, and other times it stinks.”  The next page has embossed leaves set against the black background.  While those of us with regular eye-site will be able to see the embossed leaves, the pleasure for us will be to rub our fingers along the page so that we can feel what the leaf is like.  Close your eyes while you are touching the leaf.  Pretend you are describing it to a blind person.  What words would you use?

While the tendency for kids in middle school is to shy away from picture books, this special book is deserving of a read because we could all benefit from trying to understand people that are “different” from us.  This book is a tender, compassionate start on that journey.

Genre: Fiction

Tags: compassion, blind, disability, differences, senses, sensation, touch, Braille, picture book

Series: This book is not part of a series.

A/R Reading level:  2.6

Interest level:  Grades K-8

Link to Harvest Park Library catalog:  This book is not at the Harvest Park Library.  If you would like to buy it for the library, please follow this link:  Harvest Park Library Amazon Associates link.

Link to the Pleasanton Public Library: Black Book of Colors

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