The Girl Who Heard Colors

UnknownSince I just reviewed a middle grade book about synesthesia, I wanted to highlight this picture book. It has non-fiction elements in a narrative format, telling the story of Jillian who could hear sounds and how she and others deal with this. Phrases such as “tickling touch” and “the wind in the pines blew soft gray” highlight the five senses. Vanessa Brantley-Newton‘s illustrations pop out on the page while Marie Harris gives a good explanation of synesthesia in her author’s note in the back.

Extend the interest by writing metaphors and studying the five senses.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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1 Response to The Girl Who Heard Colors

  1. This sounds pretty fascinating to me!

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