[blindkid] Children's biography about a blind artist (ages 8 to adult)

Rachelle Burk rachelleburk at gmail.com
Sun Feb 11 23:07:59 UTC 2018

children's book that tells the true story of a contemporary Turkish artist
who was born completely without sight. Rachelle Burk captures his
extraordinary life in this picture book as he learns to “see” not with his
eyes, but with his hands.   Available in formats for the blind:


*PRINT: *Available in hardcover and paperback,

*AUDIO: (*Click HERE <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cVejQo7Ym0> for the
download the AUDIO BOOK *(includes narration at the end which describes
paintings in the book)*

*BRAILLE: * Available at cost through the publisher (click HERE


An illuminating portrait of a self-taught Turkish artist who, despite being
blind from birth, has become an internationally known painter. The author's
particular focus on the artist's development—his discoveries of shadows and
of perspective, for instance—offer real insight into how obstacles raised
by physical disabilities can be overcome with motivation and ingenuity.
Informative as well as inspiring.  *—* *Kirkus Book Reviews*

*A thoughtful biography that celebrates diversity and perseverance.
Recommended to expand and deepen elementary school art collections.  — New
York Public Library/School Library Journal*

Mr. Armagan has demonstrated for the first time that a blind person can
develop on his or her own pictorial skills the equal of most depiction by
the sighted. This has not happened before in the history of
picture-making. —John M. Kennedy, Professor /*Perception scientist who
studied Esref*

A story of talent, perseverance, and refusal to accept limitations. Esref's
triumph will inspire young readers to stretch toward goals they may not
have believed were within their reach.  *—**National Federation of the

May Painting in the Dark break down our misconceptions and encourage us all
to find our internal vision, to follow our heart’s desires, and never
pre-judge our neighbor’s abilities. —Barbara Oswald, blind artist,
photographer, gallery owner, Program Coordinator for the *Disability
Resource Center at  Bellevue College in Seattle.*

Fills a niche that is much needed – biographies of people with disabilities
which are both educational and enjoyable, and which do not focus on the
disability itself. . . .  Its educational and scientific details give it
depth. —*National Organization of Parents of Blind Children President*

This book will be of keen interest to blind children, their parents, and
their teachers; to anyone who wonders about techniques for making art
tactually accessible. ~Ann Cunningham,  *Future Reflections Magazine*
Federation of the Blind)*.  (Cick HERE
<https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/fr/fr35/4/fr350418.htm>for the
full review)

*Contact the author: Rachelleburk at gmail.com <Rachelleburk at gmail.com>

*Read more about the artist Esref Armagan: www.EsrefArmagan.blogspot.com

www.RachelleBurk.com <http://www.rachelleburk.com/>
*School Author Visits   <http://rachelleburk-authorvisits.blogspot.com/>*

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