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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
What Colour is the Wind?
by Anne Herbauts
Age Range: Under_5
One day a blind child asks everything he encounters – from a dog, elephant, wolf, bird, mountain, stream and apple tree – what colour is the wind? Each provides a different answer – the apple replies that is “red” while the dog says “It is pink, flowery, pale white” and the elephant replies that “it is cold, grey and smooth like a pebble”. Does the wind have a colour, a texture or a smell? Can it be touched or tasted?
This is a complex idea and Belgium author/illustrator Anne Herbauts has used a visual and tactile palette of die-cuts, textures, shapes and delicate colours in an inventive way so that the book itself can become a sensory experience. The artwork is exquisite, very tactile with different textures to allow the reader to imagine and experience the description of the colours that each character introduces to the story.
What Colour is the Wind? is a beautifully produced book in terms of text, illustrations and design even including braille on the cover and is ideal to be shared by blind and sighted children.