The Black Book of Colors has a cover and a title that will undoubtedly confuse those who take a look at it. Though it may sound like an oxymoron, the purpose of the book is actually a very interesting one.
Created without any color but black, The Black Book of Colors uses various shades of black, but more importantly, it brings children the concept of using other senses to experience the world when sight is not an option. Menena Cottin uses Braille to write the book, with translations at the bottom. The entire book offers textures for children to run their fingers over while describing colors with other senses; “Thomas says that yellow tastes like mustard, but is as soft as a baby chick’s feathers.” It allows children to use their own imagination to try and describe things in ways that they normally wouldn’t.
A real changeup from other children’s books, The Black Book of Colors is accessible to blind children as well. Illustration Rosana Faria has made sure all the illustrations are raised for little fingers to experience after reading the Braille. For once, a picture book comes into being for both children with and without sight, giving very different experiences to both. Parents may take a liking to the book as well, examining the world in a much different way along with their child. Created for children ages 5-10, it has a little something everyone will enjoy and give families new insight into ideas they might never have thought of otherwise.