- Hardcover: 24 pages
- Age Range: 5 - 10 years
- Publisher: Groundwood Books (28 Jun. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0888998732
- ISBN-13: 978-0888998736
- Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 28.6 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Black Book of Colors Hardcover – 28 Jun 2008
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Breathtaking in simplicity, bold in impact Washington Post Fascinating, challenging and lovely Kirkus Reviews The pages are black, but the readers' imagination and senses are sparked to allow them to experience a rainbow of colours Manchester Evening News Completely different to all the other picture-books...innovative. INIS --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
A stunning and unforgettable black book ... about colour. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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Some of the pictures are very nicely translated, like the water, grass, rain and hair. These feel interesting and like what they're depicting. However, other pictures are just... pictures. Like the flowers are just flowers. The kite is a kite. It sounds a bit mad to criticise this as an issue, but drawings for children with visual impairments need to be drawn in a certain way. The flower petals over lap and are drawn at angles, which by touching makes it not feel like a flower. Same with the kite and strawberries. There are so many things overlapping it becomes very confusing for those that are solely experiencing the book with their fingers. Also, all the drawings are done by simply raising the lines. There is no variation in texture or medium.
The descriptions are quite unusual though and not necessarily what I'd go for; blue for the sun's rays and sharp mustard for yellow. Some are clearly linked to the colour of the descriptor but others are quite different. On the one hand, kudos for breaking the mould and looking at the writing in a new way, but on the other hand for children who have never had the experience of colour it would make sense to keep the links between colour and taste/texture/smell, like the red for strawberries or green for cut grass.
Finally, I've seen it mentioned before but the braille isn't very suitable for reading. The dots are printed onto the page with the same stuff they used to raise the line drawings as opposed to being printed onto the page.Read more ›
Not everyone sees the world the same way. For Thomas, who is visually impaired, colour is something more powerful than for most. For him, colour is something you can hear and smell and touch and taste. This incredible book uses raised line drawings and Braille letters to help sighted readers to understand how Thomas sees the world. The pages in this book are black, but the intricate designs in shiny raised black on the matt pages, along with the most visual of written descriptions ensures that this book is a riot of colour, told through the power of language and illustration.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was in poor condition. So well worn the Braille couldn't be read.Published 4 days ago by Swal
Absolutely unique idea.... A beautiful book which makes sighted children (and adults!) more aware of how visually impaired children might perceive their surroundings.Published on 12 Oct. 2014 by Mrs Conway
Beautifully designed book. A fantastic concept and great for children or adult's.Published on 17 July 2014 by mellymel
My favorite book. If I had to carry 1 book around with me for the rest of my life it would be this one. beautiful.Published on 19 Feb. 2014 by kristina guberman
Fascinating book -so clever! Not sure the Braille is raised enough for young Braille readers. Recommended for sharing between visually impaired and sighted children.Published on 14 Jan. 2014 by Buyer