The Black Book of Colors by Menena CottinThe Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin

The Black Book of Colors

byMenena CottinIllustratorRosana FariaTranslated byElisa Amado

Hardcover | June 1, 2008

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A New York Times Book Review choice as one of the 10 Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2008

It is very hard for a sighted person to imagine what it is like to be blind. This groundbreaking, award-winning book endeavors to convey the experience of a person who can only see through his or her sense of touch, taste, smell or hearing.

Raised black line drawings on black paper, which can be deciphered by touch, complement a beautifully written text describing colors through imagery. Braille letters accompany the text so that the sighted reader can begin to imagine what it is like to use Braille to read. A full Braille alphabet at the end of the book can be used to learn more.

Menena Cottin studied design and illustration at the Pratt Institute in New York where she began writing books. Her most recent title, The Black Book of Colors, was selected as a School Library Journal Best Books of the Year. She lives in Venezuela.Rosana Faria has illustrated many highly regarded children's books, but illustrating a b...
Title:The Black Book of ColorsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:24 pages, 11.44 × 7 × 1.4 inPublished:June 1, 2008Publisher:Groundwood Books LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0888998732

ISBN - 13:9780888998736

Appropriate for ages: 5


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous book This gorgeous book had both me and my son fascinated tho whole way through! Such beautiful writing and stunning black on black illustrations. Great family read and I can't wait to use it in my classroom as a mentor text!
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely This is a favourite at our house. My son received it as a gift and it quickly became a book we read almost daily. He never gets tired of it. It's full of texture and uses beautiful descriptions to show how the visually impaired experience colour using their other senses.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing We bought this book as one of many that we donated to our local school library, in memory of our daughter, Jenica. During the assembly for the donation, the librarian read this book in front of over 100 children, grades JK to 6. When she was done, she asked who was going to be taking this book out of the library, and the ENTIRE room shot up their hands! Still makes my heart skip a beat picturing it. Amazing book!
Date published: 2013-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Truly Special Book The Black Book of Colors is a truly unique experience for parents and children to share. The textures and connection of text and braille allow readers to imagine the experience of blindness and create a sense of empathy through a shared experience.
Date published: 2010-01-07

Editorial Reviews

"...simple, 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." - Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW"...[a] most intriguing, very black book..." - Globe and Mail"...this non-picture book by a pair of Venezuelan artists reads triumphantly...While the concept is arresting in itself, Thomas' proclamations about color reveal him as a bold, engaging character...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." - Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW"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 feast for the fingers." - School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW"The Black Book of Colors [is] an intellectually challenging, graphically remarkable picture book." - New York Times"The Black Book of Colors provides an excellent opportunity for children and adults to explore experiences and perspectives that are different from their own. Through the content and format of this book, readers will begin to understand the experience of a person who can only see through his or her other senses...The content stimulates the imagination...This book also has the value of teaching all readers to appreciate difference and, indirectly, the importance of inclusion. The Black Book of Colors is fully accessible to children who are blind, and it will validate their own experiences and acknowledge them as experts in reading by touch...a very appropriate 'educational resource' in the classroom...[and] a unique and innovative reading experience. Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine"What is most remarkable abuot this book's captivating concept...Is its execution." - Booklist, STARRED REVIEW"...this is an elegant and artistic project, and it's sure to elicit some contemplation and discussion from young audiences...[The Black Book of Colours] offer[s] new realms to explore for visually impaired kids left out of the fun of most picture-book pages." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"This inventive picture book relates the ways the unseen Thomas experiences colors...Black raised line art is set against black pages that echo Thomas' spirited imagery and invite readers to explore what it's like to read with their fingertips. The descriptive, sensory text, which also incorporates white type and Braille, combined with an innovative design, makes this book the perfect starting point for discussions on difference, perspective, and experiencing and describing the world in new ways, topics that are relevant to readers of all ages." - Booklist, STARRED REVIEW"...unique...." - Baltimore City Public Schools