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Colors of the Wind

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By J.L Powers (Author), George Mendoza (Illustrations)

The story of Blind artist and champion runner

George wanted to become a basketball player when he grew up. He was an active child and loved to run around. But one day, he looked out of the window and saw “the whole world painted red”. “That’s strange!” he thought. George never fumbled with his basketball before. But that day all he could see where red, orange and yellow squiggle lines! He also started having severe headaches. The doctor delivered some sad news. “You are losing your sight”, he informed George.

Colors of the wind Bright Red

But George didn’t lose his sight all at once. He could see flashes of color, brilliant and bright, even at night! At a camp, a blind friend asked him, “What color is the wind?” George said,”The wind is the color of the rainbow, it has all the colors of the world.”

Colors of the WInd Image

A priest advised him, “George, nobody sees the world the way you do! Why don’t you paint what you see?” But George was not convinced. Instead he decided to run. He ran fast and long. When he ran, he forgot he was blind. He forgot his worries. Running tired him out. He discovered he could really run! He even went on to run in the Olympics.. twice!

But one day his best friend died in an accident. George suddenly realized that life is short. At the church, he pondered deeply about the purpose of life.. his life. That’s when he saw brilliant lights. Light that surrounded him, engulfed him. He decided that he would capture this in his paintings. And he decided his life was worth something. That he could talk to people and encourage everyone to find their purpose in life.

Colors of the Wind Kaliedoscope eyes

This is a wondrous story.. a story about a man who is almost blind, but this does not stop him from reaching his potential. The art work in the book “Colors of the Wind” are the original illustrations by George Mendoza. Bright, brilliant and captivating, these vibrant paintings give us a glimpse into what George actually sees.

Author J.L Powers rights with heart. In short simple sentences she captures the work and angst of a man who found his “vision”. There is an extensive “Author’s note” with more information about George and his work. And the end pages include a few more of his paintings to pursue.

Colors of the Wind George Mendoza

Inspiring and colorful!

FTC DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publishers for an honest opinion. I have NOT received any compensation for this review. All reviews and opinions are entirely my own!

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10 comments

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  1. What an inspiring story!

    #klbh

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    • reshamad

      It certainly is Catherine. Its interesting to see how he pulled himself out of a difficult situation and turned his life around!Thanks for stopping bty.
      -Reshama

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  2. Looks like a real winner!

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    • reshamad

      Its a lovely story Thanks for stopping by to read the review Barbara!
      -Reshama

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  3. stanleyandkatrina

    Wow, this sounds fantastic. Beautiful artwork. Thank you for sharing this, Reshamad!

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    • reshamad

      S&K thanks for stopping by! It is indeed unique beauty
      -Reshama

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  4. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

    What an incredible story! That artwork is amazing – so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your recommendation in the Kid Lit Blog Hop, Reshama!

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Renee. It sure is an amazing story. I am so glad to have found the book to review.
      -Reshama

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  5. ccarpinello

    Loved the painting. Wish I had know of this book when I was teaching Humanities. Thanks for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

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