Our amazing librarian introduced me to an equally amazing book!
Title: The Black Book of Colours
Author: Menena Cottin
Illustrator: Rosana Faria
Publisher: Groundwood Books, 2008
Genre: Colours, Senses, Disabilities
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 stars
Synopsis from Book List:
How do you describe the colours of the rainbow to someone who cannot see them? This inventive picture book relates the ways Thomas experiences colours — through his senses of smell, taste, touch, and hearing. To Thomas, red is the sting of a skinned knee or the tartness of an unripe strawberry; green, the scent of freshly mown grass.
Thomas says that yellow tastes like mustard, but is as soft as a baby chick’s feathers.
Why I Like This Book:
This book is very unusual and innovative. I’ve never seen anything like it! The entire book is black, with embossed illustrations and braille. My class was fascinated with it and the realization that blind people can think of colours in terms of touch, taste, smell and sound.
One word of caution though: The braille is very difficult for blind people to read, as the dots aren’t high enough to properly feel. A beautiful book for sure, but it’s meant for sighted people to gain some insight into a blind person’s world.
1. Have your kids write colour poems, using only their 4 other senses. Click the image to grab.
2. Try this gorgeous embossed foil craft from Kids Craft Room. It’s a fish puppet. The raised surfaces on the fish will give your kids another way to get a sense of how braille feels.
3. No Time For Flash Cards has this fabulous list of 21 five sense activities for kids. You really need to check this out!
Of course, AFTER I finished writing this post I realized that Beth, from By Word of Beth, already featured this book in Perfect Picture Book Friday!
Hopefully, Susanna (the hostess of this weekly linky) and Beth won’t mind that I’ve done another review 🙂
Happy Friday, folks!