Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin, illustrated by Rosana Faria
As readers experience a bit of Thomas's world in this book of no color. As we learn what color means to Thomas, we get to experience how he experiences color, through touch and the lack of the actual color as each page is black and the description of smell.
What I Thought:
Wow, what an amazing book! The descriptions are so thoughtful as Thomas explains what the colors are to him, and the readers can feel the Braille text alongside the letters as well as "illustrations" of the color that is raised just like the Braille so the readers can feel it as well.
I think it is genius that the entire book is printed pitch black so that we may experience a short bit of life just like Thomas experiences every day.
This is an important book to share with all children and can open a great dialogue about people with vision impairments.
Want to see more? Check it out on Amazon: The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin.