The Black Book of Colours

The Black Book of Colours by Menena Cottin is the most unique picture book I've come across. Unlike traditional picture books about colours, this book invites readers to imagine colours through the perspective of a blind person, using a person's senses to describe each colour, rather than using bright, colourful pictures. "Red is sour like unripe strawberries and as sweet as watermelon. It hurts when he finds it on his scraped knee." All of the illustrations are black and raised on a black background, and the text is written in both English and Braille. The descriptions of each colour are sweet and childlike, and you can't help but to touch all of the beautifully designed illustrations and Braille on each page. There is even a full Braille alphabet on the back page for you and your students to have a look at and touch. Kathy, one of the members of

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Five Senses Winter Poetry Booklet

-Students write a 5 senses poem about Winter (any season works!) -Make up an 8 paged mini booklet with only one piece of A4 paper Booklet instructions: http://library.thinkquest.org/J001156/makingbooks/minibook/ -On each page write one line from the poem & illustrate. My example: Winter I feel the cold wind blowing on my face. I smell the hint of rain in the air. I taste the raindrops as they fall from the sky. I see the little boy splashing in the puddles. I hear the thunder rumbling up above. *I'll keep my copy in my Relief Folder just in case I need to show a class an example.