Monday, January 31, 2011

Check it Out!: A Black Book of Colours

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

I posted about this book,  The Black Book of Colors on my other blog, The Well Read Muslim, a while ago.

I will not go into any detail about this book and what this concept can possibly do for Muslim children who are blind as I spoke to that aspect of the book on The Well Read Muslim. But, what I will say here is that if you have a child who is blind or is a tactile learner (or any other type of learner), this is a book worth checking out from your local library insha'Allaah.

A picture book intended for blind and sighted children, it gives sighted children a unique opportunity to experience storytelling the way a blind child would: through their sense of touch. The illustrations are embossed (raised) and set against a completely black background so you cannot see them unless you hold them at a certain angle up to the light. But no, you can see them: with your fingers. A child can close his/her eyes and 'see' the pictures with their sense of touch subhana'Allaah.

The story is written for children ages 4 to 8 but I see no reason why an infant or young toddler who is blind could not be invited to enjoy feeling this book as his/her mother or father reads it aloud to him/her.

The next time you're at your local library, check the shelf and if they have 'A Black Book of Colours'...check it out insha'Allaah!


  1. Thanks for the post, Insya-Allah will look out for this book. My son might be keen with the artwork on it.

  2. Assalamu alaikum,

    Insha'Allaah, your son enjoys it. It is a very unique book subhana'Allaah.


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