Reading Guide for The Black Book of Colors
by Elisa Amado and illustrated by Rosana Faria
This book explores the world of color through the sense of smell, taste, hearing and touch. It challenges children to see with their eyes closed and provides young readers an opportunity to build their descriptive language vocabulary. This picture book invites all readers to learn to read using their fingers through raised lines and Braille.
Explain that in this book, Thomas describes how colors taste, touch, feel, and sound because he cannot see. If needed, explain to your child what blindness is. Ask, “What can you describe with your eyes closed?”
As You Read
Vocabulary Development: Encourage your child to stop when s/he gets to an unfamiliar word in the story. See if s/he can discover its meaning by using the illustrations and the words surrounding it.
Examples of vocabulary words from The Black Book of Colors:
Thomas describes each color with his eyes closed. Tell your child, “After we read each sentence, feel the illustration and tell me all about what you feel.”
Ask your child the following questions after finishing to further explore their understanding of the book:
Materials Needed: Scarf or Bandana, Anything Edible!
Give your child an edible item to hold. Ask them to smell, taste, touch, and listen to the item with their eyes closed. Or, if they’ll be okay with it, try using a bandana or scarf as a blindfold.
Discuss with your child, “Thomas describes colors by using his 5 senses. Use your 5 senses to write or draw a description of the item you are holding. Count the number of descriptive words you used.” For younger children, ask them to tell you all of the things they think of when they taste, touch, and smell this item. Let them dictate words to you, then read them back to your child.
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