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كتاب الألوان الأسود The Black Book of Colors

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Last week, I picked up the Arabic translation of  “The Black Book of Colors” by Menena Cottin and Rosana Faria (translated by Fatima Sharafeddine, published by Kalimat). I thought it was visually beautiful and very unique. The pages are black with bold white text, and the illustrations are embossed images.

The Black Book of Colors

The book is partly meant to help sighted readers experience color through their other senses. Its rich descriptions link color to taste, touch and sound, and not without humor. Although reviews claim that the book’s use by visually impaired children is limited due to the texture of the Braille, which is rather flat here, it seems to me that it remains a very good book to have in classrooms and at home. It opens up a whole new world of experience to many children, and functions as a great way to start a discussion about the senses and sensory impairment. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Would you pick up this book? How would you use it?

The Black Book of Colors

For reviews and a closer look at the book in English, click HERE. The book is available in Arabic from Kalimat Publishing and Distribution.