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From Reading Today Online, June 9, 2014

Powers, J. L. (2014). Colors of the Wind: The Story of Blind Artist and Champion Runner. George Mendoza, paintings by George Mendoza, drawings by Hayley Morgan-Sanders. Cynthiana, KY: Purple House Press, 2014.

Colors of the Wind. Seventeen full page, full color reproductions of George Mendoza’s paintings steal the attention of the reader, while Powers’ words tell the amazing story of his life and how he became a painter even after losing most of his eyesight due to fundus flavimaculatus, which he has renamed “Kaleidoscope eyes.” Morgan-Sanders’s line drawings anchor the text with bits of colors stolen from the colorful page facing it.

As a healthy and active child, Mendoza had planned to become a basketball player, but by the age of fifteen, he was legally blind. Later he became a competitive runner and competed in two Olympics for the Disabled in 1980 and 1984. He did not start painting until his thirties. Readers of all ages will enjoy this inspirational book that not only presents Mendoza’s vivid, colorful paintings, but also the story of his life and how his blindness and spirit helped him to excel.

- cj Bott, Ohio Author and Reading Consultant

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