writermala, April 6, 2013 (view all comments by writermala)
This Braille Book is excellent in describing the colors in such a way that visually impaired children can actually experience the colors. As a sighted person, I enjoyed "reading" it in Braille and really admired the tactile sensation the pictures provided.
jgannino, September 19, 2008 (view all comments by jgannino)
The intent of Ms. Cottin & Ms. Faria's book is fabulous. I can't wait to see how popular this book becomes in classrooms all over the world.
It calls to mind one of my favorites by Mary O'Neill &
John Wallner & that is Hailstones and Halibit Bones,
which described colors in lyricism. Originally unintended for those with sight impairment, it quickly became
beloved by many for an ability to transend the sight barrier. Again, huge congratulations to the author & illustrator from Venezuela. Gracias por su libro.
~ JG Annino
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Kirkus Reviews,
"[S]imple, 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."
by School Library Journal,
"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 feat for the fingers."
by Globe and Mail,
"[A] most intriguing, very black book."
by CM Magazine,
"[A] very appropriate 'educational resource' in the classroom...[and] a unique and innovative reading experience. Highly Recommended."
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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