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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for projects, September 27, 2009
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This review is from: Around the World Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book) (Paperback)
Eventually, Amazon will need to get a library cataloguing system for its millions of items. Would you have guessed there was a coloring book for countries "Around the World" unless you just happened across it as I did with this little book? Nope, me neither.

"Around the World" takes the colorist exactly there: to "more than thirty nations, with fun stories, facts, and illustrations to highlight the features that makes each country special" (Note from copyright page).

Here is a specific example: Saudi Arabia (Asia/Middle East) with a country outline in the upper center of the page (for coloring). Inside the borders are images of a camel and a man's bust (head and shoulders picture). The man wears a ghutra; the book explains it.

At the bottom of the page are a Saudi flag (just itching to be colored) and a list of Fast Facts about Arabia. Images of Saudi Arabia that lie outside the borders include a ship carrying oil, one of Mecca with explanation of its importance to Islam and the last of The Rub al Khala ("Empty Quarter"), a place completely uninhabitable.

A teacher could use a book like this as a culminating activity to a study of the countries of the world, or as an introduction, especially if projects are assigned. A sampling of the thirty countries includes Russia, the region of Scandinavia, United Kingdom, Japan, North and South Korea, Indonesia, Ireland, and Australia.

The point of this book is to provide basic information about each country in a simple format for coloring; yet, don't expect a typical coloring book. However, there is enough to color to make a point. Recommended.
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Initial post: Sep 28, 2009 6:11:11 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2009 6:11:27 PM PDT
H. Schneider says:
I am pretty sure I would have loved it 55 years ago, or so

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2009 4:44:06 AM PDT
Helmut, I'm developing a geography-based library for this very ambitious geography/travel unit I'm currently teaching. If I buy them with my own money, I plan to review them. One thing I've learned about coloring, however, is how stress-reducing it is. Seems strange for an adult to color, but if I assign it, I do it also. That's how I discovered just how relaxing it is. Try it (but maybe in private...a tiny ha ha here).

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 3:15:27 PM PDT
Linda Bulger says:
Yes, I'd have loved this too. These days I don't color -- but that's reason #1 that I knit (stress reduction).

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2009 5:08:00 AM PDT
Yes, I can see that knitting would be a stress reliever (that is, once a person learned--I'd hate to think how stressful learning would be!!!!)
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