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The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin

I stumbled across this while looking for a book for my cousin’s new baby. I was so intrigued by the whole idea. On each left page there was words written in braille and then again in white text. It was the description of colors, according to how a blind child would experience. On the right there were raised etchings of what each page was describing. It’s so beautiful.

One page in particular that really caught my attention was the one describing the color red. It talked about how red is how it feels to bite into a ripe strawberry, or the stinging on your knee after you fall down.  Blue was the feeling of sunshine on your face. 

It’s just so astounding that someone managed this, as the idea of how to describe a color to someone who has no reference has always fascinated and baffled me.

Picture source here

Available to purchase here

Apologies for the language in the name of the reblogged!

I want this book for my future classroom — and for my youth center kids, and for my future children.  It opens up a whole new perspective on the senses and gives students the opportunity to answer questions and confront misguided notions about what people who are blind are able to experience.  (I did a lesson on this previously, and need to see if I posted it here on the blog yet to link to or if it still needs to be posted.)

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