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Imagine Colours:
The black book of colours


Several books about colours have been published recently. All of them aim to increase awareness of chromatic differences and nuances, expanding children's vocabulary at the same time.
This award-winning all-black book was written back in 2006 by Caracas-based author Menena Cottin and translated into 18 languages since then.
It tackles the subject from a completely different perspective, inviting the young reader to imagine the world of a blind person through metaphors and sensory games. 
It's an entirely black book (I wonder whether the recent Find Colours was actually inspired by this one), with horizontal/album binding, white text translated into Braille on the left and textured art (black on black) on the right.
On one side sighted children get to know what Brille alphabet is, and they are also inspired to think about the visible world in completely different way, using all the senses to imagine and definite it.
Words and images are finely laid out resulting in a truly delicate, diverse book.
Although it might look slightly too abstract, minimal and conceptual to interest children, you will be surprised by how involving the tactile experience can be, and how open young children are to start a conversation about worlds that they don't know.
Sometimes I leave it to my daughter to pick a boo from our shelf to post on the blog and this is in fact what she picked (unexpectedly) this time, giving me the opportunity to rediscover and share this pretty unique title. 
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A black book of colours [2006]
Written by Menena Cottin
Illustrated by Rosana Faria
English-language edition published by Walker Books [2010]
Reading age: 3+
Themes: Colours, Diversity 










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