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Designs for Coloring: Butterflies Paperback – March 15, 1990

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About the Author

After receiving a fine arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and completing two years of graduate work in design at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Ruth Heller (1923-2004) began her career designing wrapping paper, cocktail napkins, greeting cards, and coloring books. After five years of rejection and one complete revision, Heller's first book, Chickens Aren't the Only Ones, about egg-laying animals, was published in 1981. It was so successful that the sequel, and second book to be published, Animals Born Alive And Well (1982), about mammals, quickly followed. In 1983 and 1984, her third and fourth titles, The Reason For A Flower (about plants that have seeds and flowers) and Plants That Never Ever Bloom (about plants that do not) were published.

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."
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Series: Designs for Coloring
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; Csm Rei edition (March 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448031493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448031491
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #822,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Ruth Heller's Butterfly designs are simply beautiful, true to her other coloring books. The way that she takes each of the large images, shrinks them down and tiles them , createing an M.C. Escher-like pattern. The paper in the book is very thick and takes marker well. You don't have to worry about color bleeding through the paper because the butterflies are only printed on the front sides of the pages. This makes it easier to cut the images out for decoupage as well.
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I loved the drawings but the book has only 4 or 5 different butterflies that were repeated with different number of butterflies on the page. Instead of putting more varity of butterflies or the same butterflies even but in different scenery, they just kept using the same few butterflies and increased the number of butterflies on the pages throughout the book. One butterfly on one page, the same one duplicated on another, then quadrupled on another etc. throughout the book for the IDENTICAL 4 or 5 butterflies which seems to be a little lazy. This seems to be the same for all these books at least the book of flowers was the same.
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If you like to color for relaxation, meditation, or just flat-out fun, you have stumbled upon a goldmine of prettiness here with this wonderful book of butterflies printed on good-guality paper. The butterflies are also only printed on one side of the pages, so you can also use them for any other crafts project you might have in mind.

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.

Have fun!
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I'm an adult who collects this type coloring books. I find coloring with colored pencils very relaxing. I use Primsicolor pencils and for these intricate ones the Very Thin Primicolor are the best. They have them great price right here at Amazon.

This is now in my top then favorites. Any adult collector with treasure this book.
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This is the very best out of all mandala and geometic designs I have ever used. I have searched for it for two and one half years, since I was first introduced to it, and needless to say I am buying it. there are so many ways to draw each page and you will always see new designs showing up within the pictures. copy every page as often as you like. Trust me you will want to copy them. these (to me anyway) are the perfect balance of intricacy and simplicity.
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This is another quality coloring book from Ruth Heller. I have purchased several of her other coloring books (Birds, Butterflies, Tropical Fish, Geometrics) and they are all really great.

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.
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This coloring book is beautiful and imaginative. Because it shows pages with one large image and other pages where the same image has been multiplied in smaller sizes, it helps explain (without words) how multiple pictures of the same animal can be done quickly and efficiently with a little technological help. The drawings are detailed enough to allow real creativity in the coloring, and exciting enough to make you want to do your own drawings in a similar style.
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This is my favorite coloring book. The pages are thick enough so you can use markers and not bleed through to the next page.

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.
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