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The Victorian House Coloring Book Paperback – May 1, 1980

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From the Back Cover

Open this book and you'll soon find yourself immersed in the wonderful gingerbread world of Victorian architecture and interior design. From a nostalgic introduction by John Philip Sousa III to the charming original illustrations of Daniel Lewis, The Victorian House Coloring Book invites children and colorists to re-create the furnishings, color schemes, and rich decorations of a lovely Victorian home.
Comprising a complete household tour, these beautifully authentic illustrations depict the exterior, attic, front hallway, parlor, library, dining room, kitchen, three bedrooms, bathroom (including a water closet), and basement. In addition, a delightful double-page spread shows the garden with a gazebo.
Typical of Victorian-era house, which often combined several architectural styles, the house shown here blends a simple Italianate exterior with such Second Empire features as a mansard roof and dormer windows. Other styles often featured in such homes include Queen Anne and Romanesque revivals, Carpenter Gothic and Stick, and Eastlake.
A well-researched and informative text by Kristin Helberg accompanies each illustration, commenting on furnishings and architectural details and providing insight into the historical background and everyday life of the era. Dollhouse buffs, who consistently prefer the Victorian style to all others, will welcome this handsome book, while designers and illustrators will be especially pleased that all the illustrations are royalty free.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 8
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; First edition (May 1, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048623908X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486239088
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Ayatsuri Ningyo on January 4, 2012
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The only problem I really had with this coloring book, is that there isn't more of it!

The drawings in this book are lovely, and in the information brief, but interesting. This is, I think I can say, one of my all time favorite coloring books from Dover so far! I love Victorian houses, and so this was just perfect for me!

However much I loved it, though, I have to be honest. This book had a problem: Out of 47 pages or so, you get only 19... yes, 19... illustrations, unless you are counting the flowery boarders around the text on the pages that don't have anything more than that, or any tiny misc. illustrations nobody else would count if they'd been the one doing it. So what you REALLY get in this book, is NOT 40 some pages of illustrations... but 19 pictures, and about as many pages with a floral boarder, around a page of text. Just so you know! This was a VERY disappointing flaw in this otherwise fantastic book (which I like very much anyway, but that's beside the point).

Also, people need to be sure they understand what they're getting, as I think others have pointed out. You're not getting a coloring book of Victorian houses. You are getting a coloring book featuring the interior of ONE SINGLE HOUSE. This may or may not be clear to some customers. I can't remember whether or not I knew it beforehand, but being someone as interested in the inside as the outside, it doesn't bother me in any case.

Finally, the question of detail/quality. I would say the quality of the illustrations is nice. The detail has been left just a bit on the unfinished side.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By oldies listener on September 12, 2009
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the pictures in this book are very very detailed and to be truthful a little hard on my 60 year old eyes but the appeal is in the book itself how it decribes each room of the house and what you would find there eg in the gazebo and flower garden it tells you the name of each flower and the meaning Victorians assigned to them what a shock for my grandchildren to see a bedroom without TV, video games, posters on the wall and wall to wall carpeting.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Arena TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 10, 2008
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Get out your deluxe collection of colored pencils and get ready to prepare the house of your dreams for your move-in day!

The details are here are wonderful -- it's just what I've come to expect from Dover. The Victorian House Coloring Book will keep you busy during a trip, a rainy day at home, or any time you need to reduce your stress level.

Lovely!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Mallory on August 23, 2007
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I'm an adult, and I still love to color - there I admitted it! That said, I purchased this coloring book for myself, and I enjoy it very much. It contains a Victorian house and the different rooms within. The parlor was so much fun to color! If you are a grown-up who enjoys coloring, give this book a try.

UPDATE: Apparently, coloring books for adults have come into vogue as "art therapy." Coloring is relaxing and can reduce stress. I could have told them that years ago! Keep on coloring people! 5/2015
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jules on May 15, 2012
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This book contains good line drawings, with intricate, and good detail for keeping the pictures interesting. More like a story book, in that this book takes you to every room in the house. Great for coloring with continunity, or coloring the inside of the house, to suit your own version. The paper in this book was very good for colored pencils, and other mediums. I have a much older copy of this, mine was not a 'green paper' edition. Depending on the publisher, or seller, you may or may not get a 'green' copy. While I was unsure as to the subject matter, I was pleasantly suprised, and found this to be a fun coloring experience.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By kindred spirit on September 19, 2008
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I got my first dover coloring book about 30 years ago and have been hooked. I now have a collection of about 20. They are kind of hard to find in retail and when you do the selection is poor.

I find coloring to be very relaxing when you are stressed. I also cannot just watch tv I like to be doing crochet or cross stitching, coloring.

These books are very well done as far as the drawings are concerned. They can be very intricate. Some are made more for children but many would be hard for a child under say 10yrs old to do and feel good about.

They are best done with colored pencils as you can get really good at shading and make them really pretty.

I highly recommend this and many others. I do own this specific book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jillian Archer on September 2, 2012
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I love love love these coloring books! My favorite thing about these books is that are good enough to frame when you done with the picture!

Colored pencils work best on these books!!

Relaxing coloring book for adults!!! I'm a mom of 2 and at the end of the day this is my escape...

Recommend to all adults ...men and women!

Please let me know if my review helped you in your purchase !
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By PJ on July 11, 2004
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My daughter and I bought some Dover coloring books and a huge box of colored pencils for a recent plane trip. Coloring was a lot of fun and very relaxing; the images in these grown-up coloring books are detailed and lovely. I'll definitely buy more of these books for myself, for presents when people are in the hospital, birthday presents, etc.
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