The Black Book of Colors

By Menena Cottin; Rosana Faria (Illustrator); Elisa Amado (Translator)
Groundwood Books, Hardcover, 9780888998736, 24pp.

Publication Date: June 2008

List Price: $17.95*
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall 2008 Kids' List
“How do you describe colors to someone who can't see them? Maybe 'green tastes like lemon ice cream and smells like grass that's just been cut.' This dual volume is written in English and Braille, with embossed pictures. An innovative book with a well-presented premise.”
— Dorothy Dickerson, Books & More, Albion, MI


Living with the use of one's eyes can make imagining blindness difficult, but this innovative title invites readers to imagine living without sight through remarkable illustrations done with raised lines and descriptions of colors based on imagery. Braille letters accompany the illustrations and a full Braille alphabet offers sighted readers help reading along with their fingers. This extraordinary title gives young readers the ability to experience the world in a new way.

About the Author
Rosana Far??a is an illustrator and graphic designer who graduated at the Neumann Design Institute. She ventured into the world of illustration in 1987, with some drawings for a daily newspaper printed and distributed in Caracas. Since 1991, she has been a free-lance illustrator for children's books, of which more than twelve have been published. In 1992 she received a mention at the Noma Illustration Contest, in Japan. Her work has been displayed at the Jacobo Borges Museum. Currently, she is the Art Director of our publishing group. Books from our Playco's Best Collection illustrated by her: The Little Pigs Book, The Fortuneteller, The Troupial Bird That Lived Twice, and Splash!
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