Thursday, September 10, 2009

Poetry That Allows the Blind to “See”

Mary O’Neill’s poetry nearly takes my breath away. In her book Adventures in Color: Hailstones and Halibut Bones, the descriptions of the spectrum of color allow the reader to truly “experience” color with all the senses.

Here’s an amazing fact—this book of poetry continues to be a favorite for those who are BLIND! Mary’s magnificent poems allow the blind to “see” color, and has become a modern children’s classic. She has received hundreds of letters from blind children around the world. Colleges, librarians, grade school and high school teachers continue to use Hailstones and Halibut Bones in their classrooms as an example of poetry perfection.

Do something nice for yourself, pick up the NEWER edition by Doubleday (1989) illustrated by the phenomenal John Walner. His illustrations are lavish and rich—then get ready to experience poetry as you’ve never experienced it before!


3 comments:

Janet said...

I've never heard of this book before, I may have to check it out.

Marinela said...

Hi there
This book seems really interesting.
I will check it out.

Amy Tate said...

Oh thank you for sharing that! My daughter is learning to read and I've been shopping for a good poetry book to introduce her to sounds. I thought about Shel Silverstein, but some of his stuff is a little out there. I'm heading to Barnes & Noble this morning, thank you!