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The Sound of Colors: A Journey of the Imagination

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A young woman losing her vision rides the subway with her dog in search of emotional healing.
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 2001)
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Jan 12, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-juv
I loved this book from my first stumbling across it while hunting for a birthday present - I bought the child something else (not a book sort), but I bought this book for myself. I wasn't sure my son would like it - age 7 at the time of first reading - this story of a woman who no longer has sight and how she starts her journey on a subway train and where she goes in her mind. It's beautiful and unexpected and uplifting and yet sad in that we are all fragile humans way... and my son - to my happ ...more
Sep 29, 2015 Van rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Khi mất đi ánh sáng, tất cả thế giới biến thành không gian của âm thanh, mùi vị và trí tưởng tượng. Trong không gian đó có tất cả mọi thứ mà người ta có thể tưởng tượng ra - có vui và buồn, có sáng và tối, có rực rỡ và ảm đạm... Tranh vẽ rất đẹp, màu sắc cuốn hút nhưng lại thấy buồn, buồn cho cái ánh sáng đã mất đi và cho việc không có ai cùng thưởng thức thế giới kỳ ảo đó.
Minh Nhân Nguyễn
4 sao

Hình vẽ có nhiều chi tiết, màu sắc sặc sỡ nhưng vẫn thoáng đãng. Nội dung nhẹ nhàng, kèm một chút lắng đọng. Mong là sẽ có thêm những cuốn picture book cho người lớn như thế này được xuất bản ở Việt Nam, dù đối tượng chính của cuốn sách này là thanh thiếu niên thì đúng hơn.
Jan 15, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
The Sound of Colors by Jimmy Liao tells the story of a young girl losing her sight, but trying to find her way in the world. With imagination, courage, heart, and hope she sets out to explore and discover the world one step at a time with her walking stick in hand to help guide her.

"Now I listen for the sound of the colors I can’t see.
I try to smell the shapes, taste the light and dark.”

I found this picture book years ago by chance at my local library. Almost as if it found me. Someone very clo
Alone and blind, a woman makes her way through the subway station filled with unexpected delightful scenes. Illustrations are bright and childlike, but this book will definitely speak to adults too, especially to anyone who may be sick or dealing with a tough situation. Liao himself is a cancer survivor, and his book is a treasure for anyone trying to navigate through life's rough spots.

What does it mean? I think that Liao's message is that despite the fact that you may be feeling alone, in the
Nina Diep Tran
Oct 08, 2016 Nina Diep Tran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gac-sach
Tôi qua đôi xuc đông khi xem tranh vê môt cô gai bỗng một ngày mất đi ánh sáng của đôi mắt lac giưa thê giơi săc mau. Sư tương phan ây lam tôi đau. Điêu đep đe nhât co thê đươc thâm thâu qua đôi măt cham vao tim đa ko còn là hiên thưc. Moi thư chi môt mau đen am đam va buôn. Ngươi ta co thê cam nhân đc vô van săc thai, tưng săc thai co thê ve lên net măt tâm trang ng khi vui sương tưc giân buôn khô... Nhưng cô gai be nho 15 tuôi ây chi con cam nhân được duy nhât môt săc thai đen cho vô van cam x ...more
Crystal Marcos
May 09, 2011 Crystal Marcos rated it it was amazing
This is a great story of a young girl who loses her sight over the course of a year. 4.5 I normally don't give half stars anymore since they are all counted the same with the star rating as a 5 anyway, but I just had to deduct a half point for the story losing me a couple times. It could have been in the translation from the original text. Which I wish I could understand it in its original form. It is a lengthy story short on text per page but contains many pages.

The illustrations however kept m
La Lin
May 08, 2016 La Lin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
mình rất hiếm khi chịu chi tiền ra mua picturebook/ artbook mà sau khi coi dở dang quyển này đã quyết định chi tiền cho thêm 2 quyển còn lại của chú Jimmy Liao đang có ở VN. Chú làm mình càng được truyền cảm hứng để đi theo mảng picturebook hơn bao giờ.
百合花 Lily
ชือเรือง – Sound of Colors ในใจ...ไกลกวาสายตา
ผูแตง – Jimmy Liao เขียน ประทุมพร ตังกุลธวัช แปล

เดกสาวตาบอดอายุ 15 ปี


ไดยินชือของ Jimmy Liao มานานแลวคะ เพราะเปนนักวาดชาวไตหวันชือดังดวย อะไรทีเกียวกับไตหวันเนีย เราจะจำและสนใจเปนพิเศษ แตไมเคยอานผลงานของ Jimmy Liao เลยคะ

เลมนีเปนเลมทีอานจบไวมาก เพราะเปนหนังสือภาพไง แตชอบมากเลยนะคะ ชอบพลอต ชอบภาพวาด ชอบการเลาเรือง อานแลวไดอะไรมากมายเลยคะ

และการเสิรทหาคำโปรยหนังสือ กทำใหเจอรีวิวของพีไอซเมือนานมาแลว เลยทำใหเพิงรูวามีเปนภาพยนตรดวย นาหามา
Bao Ha
Jan 17, 2015 Bao Ha rated it it was amazing
We're extremely fortunate not to know precisely the kind of world we live in
Wislawa Szymborska

sách đơn giản đọc loáng cái là xong, nhưng mình đọc lại nhiều lần, đôi khi ngồi thẫn thờ nghĩ nghĩ, thấy nhớ bản thân mình khi còn nhỏ, biết đâu cũng đã từng có những giấc mơ tương tự. Sách vẽ kiểu trẻ con nhưng vẫn chừa chỗ suy tư cho người lớn, kiểu Hoàng tử bé, ai chọn đọc nông cạn hay sâu sắc gì đều được, lời dịch tiếng Việt rất thơ. Sách rất hay khi giả sử như mình đang đọc khi mình 9 tuổi, tr
Thuỳ Vân
Mar 21, 2015 Thuỳ Vân rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite, 2015, jimmy-liao
Đọc mà tim như muốn khóc lên ghê. Còn cổ họng thì sẽ hét lên trời ơi có tồn tại nè có tồn tại nè.
May 12, 2016 Pio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tính cho 5 sao vì tranh đẹp quá chịu không nổi, nhưng chỉ cho 4 sao vì quá sến.
Lil Crackpot
Jan 20, 2016 Lil Crackpot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I just read it like several months ago ( not really sure) I thought it was ok the only thing that made me interested that time was the picture and that's all. But this time I reread it when i was in a really bad mood. I reckoned it was like a mood disorder or something but I just felt totally depressed. It was a really long day for me I mean I still have those days when I feel bad but that day seems extraordinarily bad for no good reason. I had wandered around to a street or a path or whate ...more
Accompanied by her scruffy dog companion, a woman who is losing or has lost most of her eyesight ventures out into the world. As she waits for and then rides on the subway train, she is careful not to fall or to move too quickly, but she still keeps moving, taking necessary risks and moving one step at a time. The watercolor illustrations are filled with surreal images and colors as they depict the woman moving steadily onward. I usually enjoy books that deal with journeys, whether they are lite ...more
Erin Buhr
Feb 19, 2014 Erin Buhr rated it it was amazing
Visually this is one of the most captivating and imaginative books I have ever read. Every time I re-read it I am absorbed into Liao's stunning world. It is the story of a blind girl who goes below the city to ride the subway. It is a story of imagination and of the senses. Our toddlers are too young to understand the story right now, but my daughter and I sometimes sit and page through the illustrations. She too is captivated by the rich and detailed paintings. In a few years we will explore th ...more
En ganska svår men vacker berättelse, väldigt poetisk och inte så berättardriven som jag själv är annars van vid när det kommer till barnböcker.

Väldigt fin och vacker.
Hà Linh
Jan 14, 2015 Hà Linh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Có lúc tôi cảm thấy mình đã bước tới tận cùng của thế giới.
Dậu's Child
Dec 30, 2014 Dậu's Child rated it it was amazing
Tranh quá tuyệt. Mỗi trang là cả một thế giới.
Chompunut Tepbootrdee
Nov 06, 2016 Chompunut Tepbootrdee rated it really liked it
หนังสือเขียนถึงคนตาบอดวาเขามองเหนอะไรบาง เขาเหนมากกวาทีเราเหนอีก เพราะทุกอยางเขามองดวยความละเอียดรอบคอบ มองดวยใจ และจินตนาการ ทีพวกเราไมมีนับตังแตสายตาเรามองเหน ...more
An introduction to Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology of perception for children.
Tsung Wei
Apr 20, 2016 Tsung Wei rated it really liked it
I am ashamed to admit that my level of Chinese literacy is equivalent to that of an eight year old. That did not stop me from reading the original Chinese version of this book.

I am ashamed to admit that I have not read any Chinese book since my school days. Yet I was drawn to this story about a blind girl with Marie-Laure of “All the Light We Cannot See" in mind.

It is a picture book with pages upon pages of beautiful illustrations by Jimmy Liao, a Taiwanese illustrator. The text is sparse with o
Oct 07, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: adults
Recommended to Sarah by: weeding
I came across this book while weeding the fiction section at work and I just had to put it aside to look at it more. This story is about a nearly blind lady who describes what she "sees" in her imagination as she walks through life.

The pictures are amazing; they are all interesting, if not what one would picture while on an acid trip--not disturbing...just sort of strange.

I got a feeling of wistfulness at some parts of the story; in fact, I felt it right at the beginning: "A year ago / I began t
Nov 02, 2015 Kayla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
The Sound of Colors: A Journey of the Imagination, by Jimmy Liao, is a book that made me say WOW, what an interesting perspective that I normally don't think about. Overcoming a disability as in being blind would take an extreme amount of patience. This beautiful written and illustrated book makes me think about blindness in a different light, about the emotional healing that this girl must be going though with this disability.

A young girl, who is the main character in this greatly illustrated b
Camilla Sofia
Feb 18, 2014 Camilla Sofia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
the first time i read this book was on a rainy friday afternoon in late march. i had picked it up out of a pile of library books that my sisters had brought home. i cried. the rain and the clouds outside my window, coupled with what i knew was the one book i had been searching for my whole life, changed my perception of my life. reading this book on that day was the first time i can remember feeling like i belonged, feeling at home. i had found my path. the book was returned to the library the n ...more
Ying Lee
A young girl decided to take on a journey to search for what she needed to find as she noticed her sight was slipping away. So, she took the subway, with the company of a little dog, and stopped by different stations. In the course of her exploration, she wondered and pondered a lot as she was on the subway. She wanted to feel falling golden leaves, pick and taste apples, play with dolphins, fly in the sky, and listen to the sound of the colors she can't see. What's more, what she wanted to find ...more
Eric Hinkle
Mar 05, 2014 Eric Hinkle rated it it was amazing
Illustrations: 5 stars, text: 4 1/2. The colors, shapes, details, and mysteries in these pictures rather astounded me. It seems like Jimmy Liao spent about 50 hours planning and painting each watercolor in this book, and there are dozens and dozens of them, page after page. Almost every one of them is stunning. Merely flipping through this book is a pleasure, but sitting down, studying it, reading the text... what a joy.

Like the other Jimmy book I've read (When the Moon Forgot), the text here is
Amber Bush
Sep 09, 2014 Amber Bush rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs-642
Liao, J. (2008). The Sound of Colors: A Journey of the Imagination . Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Picture Book Soak

This book was suggested to me on another book site and I fell in love with it. The illustrations are almost on par with the story itself in both language and theme. The illustrations are bright and captivating, but at the same time, imaginative and revealing. It is amazing how an illustrator can bring the words off the page and into our minds as easily as this book does. I
Oct 26, 2015 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jimmy Liao no es un escritor común y corriente, se convirtió también en un gran ilustrador después de estar encerrado un largo tiempo por un grave padecimiento. Sus obras son muy especiales, la narrativa es breve, complementada por sus dibujos, aparentemente para niños, pero no es así, inspiran a la reflexión contemplativa y profunda, algunas veces con metáforas y bellísimos pensamientos.
Una chica de 15 años invidente recorre las estaciones del metro en espera de que alguien la esté aguardando
Aug 04, 2010 Shirleen rated it it was amazing
This has got to be one of my very favorite books of all time. It's a children's book, but also speaks to adults. The colors, shapes and illustrations in the book are so enticing, it brings you back again and again. And the imagination in the pictures are so inspiring. I was very touched by the story line also. It's a story about a girl who becomes blind and uses her courage, curiosity, imagination and sense of taste and smell and touch and hearing to find herself. And as she searches, she keeps ...more
"On a drizzly, gray day, a young blind girl sets off on a journey down into the tunnels of the subway. The trains transport her to impossibly wonderful places she can see only in her mind. She swims with dolphons, sunbathes on a whale's back, flies through the air between skyscrapers, and travels to the end of the world. Spectacularly illustrated by internationally bestselling author Jimmy Liao , this beautiful, evocative book celebrates the power of imagination,. This is a moving, magical journ ...more
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Jimmy Liao (Chinese Name: Lao Fu-Bin, 廖福彬) born in Taipei, B.A. in Fine Arts, with a major in Design. He had worked in advertising companies for 12 years. Now he works as an illustrator. Since 1998, Jimmy published several illustrated books with amazing originality and multi-faceted narratives. He had since set a fashion in creating and publishing illustrated books in local and international marke ...more
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