Posted by Venus on Friday, October 28, 2016
Labels: picture book review
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 6, 2016
An inspiring biography about Louise Braille, the inventor of an alphabet for the blind. There were quite a few interesting things in this story that I had not previously been aware of. For example: The dots had originally been part of a communication system used by the French Army. He used that system to come up with his own alphabet. Also, there were books for the blind that existed before Braille invented his system, but one word often took up an entire page as they had to be large enough for the student's to run their fingers across.
My only major complaint is that the publisher did not have any raised braille in the entire book. This seems like a travesty in a book about the man who invented it. Also, as someone who works in production, I do know the cost of dotting the paper or adding spot gloss to the end pages and I feel like it was a missed opportunity that would have raised the printing cost of the book, but would have been worth it.