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The Biology Coloring Book [Paperback]

Robert D. Griffin , Cinthea Vadala
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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September 10, 1986 0064603075 978-0064603072 1st
Readers experience for themselves how the coloring of a carefully designed picture almost magically creates understanding. Indispensable for every biology student.

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About the Author

Robert D. Griffin, M.A., has been teaching biology for 27 years. For the last 19 years he has been on the faculty of City College of San Francisco, where he has taught biology courses ranging from anatomy to zoology. Previously he had extensive experience teaching in junior and senior high schools and in special science programs for gifted elementary school students. His principal academic interest is in innovative methods of teaching biological concepts and reasoning to both liberal arts students and biology majors.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Reference; 1st edition (September 10, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064603075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064603072
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a high school biology teacher September 2, 2003
I ordered this coloring book knowing that it was geared toward students more advanced than mine. Although I'm a certified high school biology teacher, I choose to teach 6th and 7th grade middle school students. For middle school students, I believe that atleast 1/4th of this book can be used - which is good considering it has 111 coloring pages (plates). For a high school biology teacher, I believe that 3/4ths or more of this book can be utilized. Still, for the price I paid for it, as being "like new", I feel the pages that I can use with middle school students is a bargain.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and useful for students July 8, 2001
By A Customer
I understand why the other reviewer was disappointed with this book- it is not geared for people with graduate educations. Rather, it could be a very useful study aid for a late high-school or early undergraduate level student. It has to cover a lot of basic science concepts very quickly and so doesn't get into great detail. But it covers basic concepts thoroughly. The pictures are detailed and fun to color- I suggest using fine-tip magic markers.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great for undergraduate study December 3, 2008
I bought this book recently and I love it. I think this would be a great supplement to a General Biology course, but is too detailed for regular use in a high school biology course, with the exception of AP. I think it is a little too detailed for a high school bio class, although it covers everything that I was introduced to in my Bio 110 course.

A slight caution--many people may see the title and bright cover thinking this would be a 'fun' way to learn or a great 'fun' gift to someone interested in science. In reality, it's set up like a textbook. It's meant to be a serious aide to someone learning biology. In that sense, it's a great tool, but this isn't like the coloring books we used as kids! So don't be misled.

For those of you looking for a supplement to a high school class, perhaps the "Biology Coloring WORKBOOK" would be a better choice.
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53 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment September 24, 2001
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My high school biology student and I were ready to color but this is more a textbook than a coloring book. The picture on the outside of the book looks much more defined than the pictures in the book. There was a LOT of coloring in letters and numbers, and you need a VERY fine line marker to do it. You're supposed to read the text page on the left to discover how to color the picture on the right. We expected better pictures - like the one on the front of the book, and less text to wade through. Wish I'd gotten the Gray's Anatomy coloring book instead.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Homeschooling Project April 30, 2010
Hi, I use this book to introduce biology to my kids (9 and 11 yrs) one afternoon a week. I make three copies of the plates, we spend time together colouring, while I read and ask questions regarding the information. The kids discuss and contemplate, ask questions, make faces.. Then we take our coloured copies and paste them onto coloured cardstock. It makes for great lapbooks. I don't care if it's highschool or collegiate level. It's just meant as an introduction and a way to spend time together. I give it 4 stars for the colouring book idea, well written and thoughtful paraphrasing, plus 1 star for me and all those visual thinkers that learn from this type of educational material.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OLD, BUT STILL MANAGEABLE February 5, 2003
Despite its figurative shortcomings, this book has a functional approach. It did a good job in integrating and correlating all the physiological processes, which sustain life.
The book was designed for students who are taking biology as an ancillary to first degrees. Hence, it compels its users to understand the importance of careful drawing (and/or painting). Though this may seem irritating in the beginning, it yields dividends in the end.
Students are likely to appreciate its fundamental links to both anatomy and physiology. All the important life processes were discussed. But, the fact that this first edition has not been revised since (its first appearance in) 1986 makes the book a bit obsolete.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Biology Teacher February 25, 2009
By Mr. B.
I bought this book to suppliment the materials I present in my freshman HS Biology class. I already use the Botany and Zoology books in my Botany/Zoology course. The quality of the books is excellent. Specifically, the slides on Meiosis did a good job tracking each individual chromatid into its respective gamete. Perhaps the most useful is the slide that is depicted on the cover - the animal cell. Looking online for a decent animal cell depiction turns up some pretty sorry examples, far inferior to those found in this book. In addition to excellent drawings, the explanations that accompany each are very good.

I highly recomend this book to anyone studying or teaching Biology at any level.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This coloring book for biology is excellent. August 14, 2004
By Edward
I liked coloring in, the important structures in biology. It helped me to remember the concepts better. I also used Patrick Leonardi's "The Ultimate Study Guide for Biology: Key Review Questions and Answers with Explanations" Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3. These study guides were great for test preparation because these were the similar questions asked on my college biology exams. I also found the biology coloring book to have great sections on DNA, Genetics, Ecology, Biology of Plants, Biology of Animals, Human Biology, Reproduction and Development. This is an excellent visual. This four books are extremely helpful for college biology.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 11 days ago by Isinglore
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great
The illustrations were a bit difficult to discern the individual parts and the colouring became about trying to figure out what they drew rather than learning. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Khadijah
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun way to learn.
This is a great learning tool! I found that each page took quite some time to color but well worth the time. Do not buy this unless you have lots of patience to color! Read more
Published 1 month ago by matt reynolds
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
This was a little more "used" than I hoped; but otherwise I received it promptly and it was in good condition
Published 2 months ago by Deb Teger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book
Got this for my son and it is very to the point. Not so much into the coloring part of it but at times it is helpful. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Beatrice Sarver
3.0 out of 5 stars We are not there yet
We look through book and discuss a few things, but we are not ready for this book just yet. Students are lower graders.
Published 6 months ago by Carolyn Jeffrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend for high school and college
This book is for the kinesthetic learner. It would work for a college student easily. I used these with my middle school class and worried they would be overwhelmed because they... Read more
Published 6 months ago by homeschoolscoop
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Reproducable- Nice Coloring
Very nice coloring sheets. IF you are a teacher, be warned, it is NOT reproducable. If you are from a creation view point, you will only be able to use half the pages. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Elizabeth Dempsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Educational Aide
This book was just what I was looking for. My grandson's teacher had suggested this book and we could not find it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Linda dale
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the biology classroom
I use some of the coloring plates to complement my high school biology course and the students really enjoy them because it gives them a chance to learn via a different modality. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Andrew B Gagne
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