Erik always tries his best, but he just cant understand why hes missing homework questions at school and messing up at soccer practice. Then one day in art class everyone notices that Eriks painted a picture of himself with green hair! It turns out hes not just creative, hes color blind, too.
A great way to introduce kids to the concept of color blindness. Or as it is called now Color Vision Deficiency or Color Vision Confusion. These are more correct terms because they can still see colors just not the correct ones.
I really could have used this book when I was younger because my grandpa, the fabulous John Redmond, had Color Vision Deficiency. I asked my mom about it many times growing up and again recently, but she couldnt give me much information. He did wear a lot of orange, so we guess that was a color he could see well, which is the opposite of what Erik can see. I really dont know why I didnt directly ask my grandpa about it. I guess I thought it would have been rude to ask or it just didnt seem all that important back then. Now I can never ask him.
The picture below is an example on how some people with CVD see color.
See how the colors are all muddied. I cant imagine not being able to see all the different shades of color in the world.
While I was getting information on this book on goodreads.com, I read someones review telling the story of their own experience with a friend who has CVD. I love this persons story almost as much as Eriks story. I hope this person doesnt mind that Im sharing it with you now.
While research CVD on Google, I found out more information on the EnChroma glasses. EnChroma glasses are an optical assistive device for enhancement of color discrimination in persons with color blindness. Id seen many reaction videos on Facebook of people wearing the glasses for the first time, but I didnt really register what was happening until I read this book and watch the following videos.
Introducing EnChroma: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9ANon90Moc
This Is What Colorblind People See with These Viral Glasses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vWM2N3GRjE
Be sure to look in the back of the book for more information about Color Vision Deficiency.
This weeks Weird but True Fact about Seeing Colors
You see color differently from the person next to you.