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Designs for Coloring: Butterflies Paperback – March 15, 1990
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About the Author
She then began work on a collection of six books, the How To Hide series on camouflage and the magic of this phenomenon in nature, which covered the entire animal kingdom -- insects, birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and sea creatures. The next collection of books became a five-volume series on parts of speech: A Cache of Jewels and Other Collective Nouns; Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs; Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives; Merry-Go-Round: A Book About Nouns; and Up, Up and Away: A Book About Adverbs. She also wrote and illustrated the unique and fascinating book Color, a charming and instructive guide to how art goes through the four color printing process.
Among the notable people who have had an influence on Heller's writing have been: Ogden Nash, Gilbert and Sullivan, Edward Lear, Hilaire Belloc, and Dr. Seuss. Heller says of her work, "All my books are nonfiction picture books in rhyme. I find writing in rhyme enjoyable and challenging, and I think it is an easy way for children to learn new facts and acquire a sophisticated vocabulary. Children are not intimidated by big words. I try to make my writing succinct and allow the illustrations to convey as much information as possible."
Top Customer Reviews
Xerox the pages so you can try coloring them in crayon, gel pen, watercolor, pencil, etc. There's surely a world of exploration here. Cut out a bunch of them and frame them around a special photograph. Use them singly pinned randomly around your cork board. There's no end to what you can do with them.
This is now in my top then favorites. Any adult collector with treasure this book.
This coloring book features "optical art", which I can best describe as sort of "zig-zag" designs that, if you stare at them, appear to move a bit. They are very interesting designs. This book has lots of different optical designs, with some of them being smaller, more intricate designs, while other designs have spaces to color that are a bit bigger. Either way, the designs are interesting and fun. There is a lot of opportunity here to experiment with color and shading.
The 30 designs in this book are not printed on both sides of the pages, so you can color with markers and pens without worrying about the ink bleeding through onto the design on the other side of the page. The designs do not extend to the edge of the binding in the middle of the book (the binding is glued, not stapled or sewn, by the way), and the pages are not perforated, so you will be able to remove the pages without ruining the design, but will have to be a bit careful when removing them due to the pages not being perforated.
Overall this is a great coloring book for kids that are a little older, as well as adults.
I like the butterfly designs so much, that this is the second copy of it I purchased. There are some larger pictures and also some smaller ones involving more detailed coloring. Definitely one of my favorite coloring books! Ruth Heller makes some great coloring books for adults and I can't wait to purchase more after I finish coloring this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first came across this book as printed sheets in high school way back in the 90's. I didn't know the name of the book, so I've been searching for it ever since. Read morePublished 2 months ago by BetsyMWarren
I have several of Ruth Heller's coloring books and all of her artwork is beautiful. These butterfly designs are equally as beautiful as the other designs she has created. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stacey H.
I have had this coloring book for almost 9 years and still enjoy it. I bought this book, of course, long before the current adult coloring book craze came onto the scene. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stacey H.
Long before the current adult coloring book craze came onto the scene, there were adult coloring books that weren't quite as intricate and detailed as the ones that have... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stacey H.
Even though there are multiple sizes of the same design, in this book the pictures don't end up so big that it goes into the binding. Love the art work.Published 8 months ago by Suzanne S.
I would rather have had more designs that different sizes of the same one. Some of the pictures are so big that it goes into the binding of the book and really can't be removed... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Suzanne S.
I love these Ruth Heller books, and the Designs for Coloring: Birds is a favorite. I love that there are lots of different birds, and each large picture of a bird, is then followed... Read morePublished 12 months ago by FaithVgl