The Sound of Colors: A Journey of the Imagination

Published By: Little, Brown

Book Category: Fiction, Juvenile Fiction

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Reviewed by Andrea Sisco

Jimmy Liao was born in Taipei, and is the author and illustrator of more than twenty books that have been translated into numerous languages. The Sound of Colors has been adapted into a stage play and motion picture by a Hong Kong filmmaker.

A young girl began losing her eyesight a year ago. And while she doesn't have her vision to guide her, she has her white cane and her imagination to help her on her subway journey. While on the subway ride she sees sights and colors in her mind. Some she remembers, others she creates as she learns about the new world around her--the world where she must imagine.

The young girl is compelling and strong. She doesn't allow her disability to get the best of her. She is determined to be independent and the reader will be inspired and rejoice in her courage.

The words are beautiful and lyrical. The watercolor illustrations envelop the reader and we become lost in the details of the pictures.

All children will benefit from reading Liao's book. It may help them think about the senses they use daily and take for granted. For children who are visually challenged, it puts words to what they may feel but don't have the verbal ability to express.

As the mother of a blind child, The Sound of Colors brought tears to my eyes as I clearly saw what it must be like for my son. And I appreciate and applaud Mr. Liao's desire to write a book for the thousands of children who live in darkness. What an encouragement to imagine!

Armchair Interviews says: A must read book for children Grade 1-5.

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