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The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin
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This is a really interesting concept book. The book is about colors, but is entirely printed on gloss black pages with white writing. The "colors" are described by a seeing person to a blind person. The pictures are related to how the color is described and in raised patterns so that a blind person can feel the illustration.

Black Book of Colors is incredibly simple but has a profound goal--to describe colors in metaphors and symbols that a blind person could use to understand what they can't see. And, in the process, sighted individuals--through the stark black pages and raised illustrations can empathize with how hard the concept is to imagine if you can't experience it.

This book could also be used as a metaphor for discussing other diversity issues such as race, gender, sexual orientation. How to make concrete distinctions that are socially constructed?

The book is translated into braile on each page and a braile alphabet is provided at the back of the book.

The author and illustrator are Venezuelan and the translator is Guatemalan-Canadian.

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message 1: by Evan (new)

Evan This sounds so awesome!

J-Lynn It is one of the more interesting picture books that I have come across in a while!

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