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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 2001)
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Only about 1/2 way through - yes it's a picture book but it's for *all* ages, has lots on each page, and lots of pages. Looking at other reviews I see that toddlers love it, that teachers use it in a classroom, and that adults might get even more out of it.

I ordered it because my 48 year-old eyes are getting worse and I'm terrified of not being able to read - I've heard that this book provides comfort & inspiration. So far it seems very promising, and I expect to re-read it at least once be
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
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
Crystal Marcos
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
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
Camilla Sofia
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
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
Liao, J. (2008). The Sound of Colors: A Journey of the Imagination . Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

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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
Bambini Travel
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
"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
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
Oct 07, 2010 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
Miko Lee
Beautiful children's book about a blind girl and what she imagines on a typical subway ride. Lovely, drawn with detailed color and line.
MY FAVOURITE BOOK EVER! It's very emotional and it gets to you as if you were blind and having the same feelings as the blind woman.
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
A journey through the subway evolves into a trip through the imaginings of a little girl who recently lost her sight. It expresses her confidence and reticence as she navigates through the chaos of the train. Translated from Chinese the language was a little confusing to me, but the illustrations are fabulous and it's fun to chase her through the jungle of people and animals to unexpected places and finally home. This might be a book I have in my library, but may not choose to share it with the ...more
I absolutely loved this book. I loved how it used a lot of imagination and the colors on the pages were perfect. I loved how it had a min place the train station but she still traveled all over. I thought it was a really good book to show the imagination of a blind person.

My summary,
A blind person travels threw the world at a train station. She uses her imagination to bring her different places when she gets off the train. The sounds of the colors all around her form pictures on the pages.
Ayana Mishelle
This is a great book inspiration yes ! a young girl who is losing her sight travel realizes that colors and images can live in her imagination. This book is a great way to help children learn to use their imagination in writing workshops and to be able to see things inside. reccommended for 1st through 3rd possibly. You may have to talk to the children about the fact that the young girl is going blind or you may have a visually impaired child in your classroom.
Daniel Sanchez gomez
It is indeed a grand journey trough sensitivity and imagination, emotions, sensations and doubt, the book beautifully manages to awaken the reader's imagination and senses, while emotionally creating a somehow weird empathy with blindness...
Captivatingly colourful and creative illustrations combine with dreamy inner dialogue to carry us along on a journey of reflection, isolation, loss and hope. This book envelopes our whole family and sweeps us away.

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I did not actually "read" this, per se, seeing as my version was in Chinese. But, it is a childrens' book, so the words are probably not that important. The story is about a blind girl who takes the subway to a bunch of vivid fantasy worlds. Adorable! I think the text is poetic/poetry, and there is a neat poem in English at the end. Maybe I will track down an English copy one day.
Megan Richards
This book is very interesting. The book illustrates the world of a blind person wondering, imagining and investigating their world, which I'm guessing is New York, with the hopes of finding someone who excepts them for who they are. It's a universal dream shown through our senses and movement. Appropriate for all school aged children.
Kathy Nice-Knutzen
Some might confuse this book as only a children's book. This book is deep in symbolism and the illustrations are as important to conveying the message as the text. It is one of my favorite books that every time I read it, I gain a deeper understanding of the message behind the words.
This book is simply amazing. A children's book that may be more meaningful to adults, it follows a blind girls first venture out in the city after her blindness becomes complete -- all she knows for certain is what she can perceive, everything else is filled in by her imagination.
Oct 26, 2010 Mary added it
A beautiful story of a young girl dealing sudden vision loss and the journey she takes
to realize the beauty of the world in a new and different way. c2001, 2006
would recommend to a sophisticated 5,6 year old on up to 2d,3d grade.
Great for disability awareness.
A little blind girl went on a journey down into the tunnels of the subway and experience her imaginative journey to the jungle, to the ocean, flying in the air, and in the library.

With wonderful illustrations, this book is a celebration of the human spirit.
Beautifully illustrated and inspiring insight thoughts. What I have learned from this book is mostly about design. Jimmy Liao has most creative mind and his works tell me that things in this world can be seen in various way. Just use your imaginations!
One of the most beautiful books ever written and I don't know how it hasn't become a bigger success than it is. This is easily one of my favorite books. Buy it. Keep it on that special bookshelf or under your pillow and read it often. Wonderful.
I remember reading this book in Chinese when I was little. I've always loved Jimmy Liao's art and books. Even in English it is still great.

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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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