Cottin, M., & Faria, R. (ill.) (2006). The black book of colors. Berkeley, CA.: Groundwood Books. ISBN: 9780888998736
Annotation: Thomas, who is blind, describes experiencing colors using his other senses, and his descriptions are accompanied by braille translations and raised line drawings, allowing sighted readers to imagine what it would be like to read through touch.
Reaction: The language of this color book is simple, but the concepts presented are complex, and I don’t think younger audiences would understand or appreciate what the book is trying to accomplish.
I think this book would be really useful as part of a classroom exercise about diversity and tolerance for 5th graders. Students could try reading the braille and identifying the illustrations simply through touch.
This book won the New Horizons Prize at the 2007 Bologna Children’s Book Fair (from Amazon.com Booklist Review by Kristen McKulski
This book is on the 2011 Students’ List for “Books receiving votes for Top Ten Favorites from students in Summer 2011.”
Media Used: Raised black line drawings on black paper.
Author’s Website: None
Illustrator’s Website: None