Book review: The girl who heard colors 4 out of 5 stars #bookaday

The girl who heard colors book coverby Marie Harris; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
Picture book
2015-2016 Young Hoosier Book Award nominee
Interest level: K-3
Reading level: 2.5
4 out of 5 stars


This picture book introduces younger children, probably in grade 3 or below, to synesthesia, in which one of the senses triggers a perception, usually color. The main character, Jillian, sees sounds as a color. A dog barking is red, and the sound of her classmates laughing at her when they learn of her special sense makes her see inky black. This is a wonderful story to begin discussions about how people perceive situations differently.

What made this book special for me is that the illustrator hears colors! I liked the illustrations the first time I read the story, but knowing that the illustrator provided a very real portrayal of synesthesia made it very unique.

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