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Le Livre Noir des Couleurs offre aux lecteurs une rare occasion de découvrir la lecture sous un angle complètement différent.

This week I will be sharing three of my previously posted reviews, in French. When I was approached for permission to translate my writing I was thrilled at the prospect of providing some reviews in another language. I hope my French speaking readers will find this enjoyable.

 

Credit goes to Guillaume Bariou for the translations, with special thanks to Marielle Brehonnet and Deborak Kacik for facilitating the process.

 

Le Livre Noir des Couleurs`

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Livre d’images

Âge : 3 ans et plus

Écrit par Menena Cottin

Illustré par Rosana Faria

Traduit par Élisa Amado

24 pages

Groundwood Books

2006

 

Imaginez-vous devoir décrire une couleur, n’importe laquelle, à une personne aveugle de naissance. Certains pourraient choisir d’utiliser l’ouïe, le toucher ou encore le goût pour donner la description la plus juste possible. Ce livre fascinant s’attèle à cette tâche ardue et le fait magnifiquement bien.

Le Livre Noir des Couleurs a été créé pour donner aux personnes voyantes un aperçu du monde des non-voyants. Le texte, écrit en blanc sur fond noir, décrit de façon saisissante différentes couleurs. Au-dessus du texte imprimé, les mots sont retranscrits en braille. Système d’écriture tactile destiné aux aveugles, le braille utilise des lettres composées de points en relief. La dernière page présente d’ailleurs l’alphabet braille au complet.

Afin d’encourager les lecteurs à découvrir ce livre avec les mains, les illustrations sont imprimées en relief. Les images noires sont apposées sur un arrière-plan noir lui aussi. Bien qu’imprimées ton sur ton, elles demeurent parfaitement visibles : les illustrations ont un aspect brillant tandis que la page est mate.

J’ai photographié les pages sous un angle particulier afin de révéler cet effet.

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La première page commence par ces mots : « Thomas dit que le jaune a le goût de la moutarde, mais est aussi doux que les plumes d’un petit poussin. »

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La traduction lettre par lettre en braille apparaît juste au-dessus du texte blanc. Chaque phrase en braille commence par un point. La fin d’une phrase est, quant à elle, annoncée par trois points formant le coin supérieur droit d’un carré. Sur la page suivante entièrement noire, treize plumes noires de tailles différentes virevoltent paisiblement.

Le rouge peut faire mal, comme un genou écorché. Le marron rappelle le bruissement des feuilles et sent parfois le chocolat. Le vert a le goût de la glace au citron et sent l’herbe fraîchement coupée. Le noir, doux comme la soie, est le roi des couleurs.

Ce livre inattendu offre aux enfants, tout comme aux adultes, une plongée inédite dans le monde de l’abstrait et une rare occasion de découvrir la lecture sous un angle complètement différent.

 

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The Black Book of Colors offers a rare opportunity to experience reading in a completely different way.

The Black Book of Colors

Picture Book

Ages 3 and Up

Written by Menena Cottin

Illustrated by Rosana Faria

Translated by Elisa Amado

24 pages

Groundwood Books

2006

 

Consider for a moment trying to describe a color, any color, to a person who is blind, a person who has never had sight. One might employ descriptors for sound, touch, and taste to give as broad an explanation as possible. This fascinating book takes on that difficult task, and does so beautifully.

The Black Book of Colors was created to give sighted people a glimpse into the world of a non-sighted person. The expressive text is shown in white type against a black background and vividly describes several colors. Above the printed text the same words are spelled out in braille. A tactile writing system for the blind, the letters are created with raised dots. The back page features the entire braille alphabet.

To encourage the reader to view the book with their hands, the illustrations are created in relief. The raised, black images are set against a black background. Though black on black, the images can clearly be seen—the art is glossy while the page is matte.

I photographed these pages at an angle to demonstrate the effect.

The opening page reads, “Thomas says that yellow tastes like mustard, but is as soft as a baby chick’s feathers.”

The letter-by-letter braille translation appears above the white, typed text. The start of a braille sentence is indicated by a single dot. Three dots creating an upper right corner mark the end of a sentence. On the entirely black page opposite the text, thirteen black feathers, of varying sizes, softly blow by.

Red can hurt, like a scraped knee. Brown might sound like crunching leaves and sometimes smells like chocolate. Green tastes like lemon ice and smells like fresh cut grass. Black, soft as silk, is the king of colors.

This innovative book offers children and adults a unique exercise in abstract thought, and a rare opportunity to experience reading in a completely different way.

 

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