Synopses & Reviews
In this breathtaking, evocative book, a young blind girl travels from one subway station to another while her imagination takes her to impossibly wonderful places.
She swims with the dolphins and sunbathes on a whale's back; flies through the air with the birds and travels to the station at the end of the world. Poetic text and haunting watercolor paintings in this unique book explore themes of overcoming a disability and the power of the imagination.
The Sound of Colors is a magical book that will take readers on a journey unlike anything they've ever experienced before.
"The work of Liao, a beloved Taiwanese cartoonist, offers a meditation on blindness that will stay with readers long after they have closed the paper-over-board book. As the narrator, who has lost her sight, threads her way through a city's crowded subways, she considers her circumstances. Sometimes, she worries: 'I don't remember what/ this station looks like./ What will be around me/ when I step outside?' But Liao always keeps her safe (and eagle-eye readers will note a scruffy pup that appears on most spreads, as if looking out for her). With tenderness, the artist paints the new world she inhabits, a multilayered mix of what she senses taking place around her, what she remembers of the world when she could see, and her imagination. Exuberant spreads show subway platforms inhabited by elephants in bathing suits, and station stops surrounded by the sea ('I dream that I know/ the language of dolphins') or suspended in the sky. 'In my mind I still/ watch the clouds change shape,' the girl says. She also offers sage advice, as when she tries to make her way through a maze of streets, which Liao represents as a topiary labyrinth with high, leafy walls. On the next page, a clearly defined hole in the hedge (precisely her size) shows how she's overcome this obstacle: 'If you look hard enough, / there's always a way out.' This quietly determined heroine sets a powerful example. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Children might imagine what it would be like to be sightless, but the story will inspire them to use their own senses with more clarity as they look at their own surroundings, even the most familiar ones." School Library Journal
A young woman losing her vision rides the subway with her dog in search of emotional healing.
About the Author
Jimmy Liao was born in Taipei, Taiwan and received a degree in design from the Chinese Culture University. He is the author and illustrator of over fifteen hugely popular books that have been translated into English, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, and Thai.