braille picture book

February 24, 2010

The Black Book of Colors

The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin and Rosana Faria

This is really an amazing book. I had to read through it twice before fully taking in all it had to offer. It begins this way, "Thomas says that yellow tastes like mustard, but is as soft as a baby chick's feathers." 

You immediately recognize that this is no ordinary color book. All the pages are black with images imprinted on top--images you can feel with your hands as they are raised off the page. 

A child is explaining how his friend Thomas (who cannot see) experiences colors. Each page describes the smells, textures, and sounds of colors. My favorite one is this, "But black is the king of all the colors. It is as soft as silk when his mother hugs him and her hair falls in his face." 

The final page has the braille alphabet with the printed alphabet underneath each set of raised dots. Juliet and I took turns feeling all the letters. Then I had her close her eyes and I touched her fingers to J-U-L-I-E-T. I told her that this is how people who cannot see read books. 

Then she said, "Let's read it again! This is fun!" 

So, we did. And as I was reading it a second time, I noticed that each page has the text written in braille as well! (I totally missed this the first time.) Juliet enjoyed feeling the images the most--especially the strawberries. I'm not sure how much she understood about the concept of blindness, but I think it was a good introduction and hopefully, will come to mind when she does meet someone who cannot see. 


Julie said...

You know, I had read about this and saw it at the library but wasn't sure about it. Now that I've read your review, I'm definitely going to pick it up next time. It sounds great!

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Raising a Happy Child said...

This sounds very interesting! Thanks for sharing - we will look for this book in the library!

Jackie said...

I will have to put that book on my list. Sounds really cool.

Ben said...

Awesome - I love it!

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Very cool - I love the concept.

Mama Jenn said...

We read this book awhile back. My kids were intrigued about the fact that people who can't see can still read!

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