#ColoringAmerica | A Review

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I would like to talk to you today about yet another coloring book (I KNOW, I KNOW…I have an addiction. It won’t be fixed). But this one is pretty cool guys. I received God Bless America: A Patriotic Coloring Book recently, just in time for the 4th of July (WOOHOO!)

Now, when I requested this book for review from blogging for books, I had a few preconceptions to contend with.

#1 – the pictures would be simplistic..

FALSE! There were 9 illustrators given quotes to work with. Some are rendered simplistically, but nicely, while some are so gorgeously sketched for us that I don’t want to color the images. I want to leave the play of black ink on thick white paper all alone and stark with the quote woven throughout the page.

#2 – The quotes would ‘typical’…

FALSE! The quotes in this coloring book are a mixture of well and lesser known pieces from historically important people and documents. Each page has a beautiful illustration (apparently we’re meant to color them, I don’t know if I can!) and on the back of that page the full quote that phrase is pulled from (the song, the stanza, the paragraph) is listed, along with some information about the year, the author, etc. Bible verses are freely used.

#3 – This would be a ‘normal’ coloring book…

FALSE! I was SO wrong! This coloring book includes historical facts and information on the person who said or wrote the words in question, 9 different illustrators and hand letterers, an online quiz about the information in this book, and a SPOTIFY PLAYLIST to listen to in order to create a multi-media experience while coloring.

I am so enthralled with this book. I was looking for a new coloring book to add to my shelf and what I received is a book that I will be proud to use as a teaching tool. A book that contains historical facts, coloring pages, and a musical playlist is something that can be an amazing aid in helping students to remember facts about our nation and its history. These lessons could take many forms, like students creating a short presentation (perhaps multi-media even) around their chosen or assigned quote, writing prompts, and even a small group creating a lesson over the quote.

This book earned a 5 star review from me. If you enjoy coloring and are a patriotic American (Or just enjoy history) I would very much like to recommend this book to you!

Coloring Time

The Time Chamber

By: Song Ji-Hye (Daria Song)

Published in the United States by Watson-Guptill Publications,

an imprint of Crown Publishing Group,

A division of Penguin Random House, LLC, New York.

(Originally published in Korea by the Business Books and Company, LTD.)

Copyright 2015

I have made mention before of how much I love the ‘new’ idea of adult coloring books. In fact, I even reviewed the first book in this coloring book series, The Time Garden, which can be found here.

Well folks, Daria Song has done it again. This book is gorgeously drawn, beautifully storied in a few short sentences, and incredibly imaginative. A fairy who lives in a cuckoo clock decides to venture out into the world of her friend, the little girl. Suddenly the most innocent and mundane of items turns into magic and the audience is taken on an adventure chronicled through images that make you wonder even in black and white. I cannot wait to begin coloring these books…although I almost want to leave them in their pristine condition. The inclusion of the audience in the story, through the ability to color the story itself, reminds me of the beloved books from my childhood in which we chose what happened and turned to the appropriate pages. This grown up version, however, is so much better!

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Even the book jacket reveals a large illustration to be colored if one so desired. With owls on almost every page and the only real direction the inclusion of the fairy’s hair color, each individual will come away with an entirely different take on this picture book for adults. Color it in yourself, pass it along to a friend or loved one, give it to a child on the street…I cannot think of anyone who wouldn’t appreciate this book on some level, unless it they are blind. In fact, describing the pictures and reading the short sentences to someone who cannot see might actually allow them to appreciate it as well.

I give this book 5 out of 5 dragons. I am excited to see what Ms. Song comes out with next. Whatever it is, I am sure it will be beautiful!

For more information about Daria Song, her books, and free downloadable coloring pages visit: http://www.readitforward.com/time-garden-time-chamber/

I received this book free of charge from Blogging for Books in return for my honest review. All views are my own. For more information on Blogging for Books see bloggingforbooks.com 

The Time Garden – A Book Review

The Time Garden by Daria Song is the compelling and beautifully portrayed story of a little girl who explores an old cuckoo clock and finds herself in a fairy’s dream world.

The only negative thing I have to say about this book is really not that negative. That is, that I would have loved to see a few more lines of story intermingled with the gorgeous coloring pages. Yes, that’s right, COLORING PAGES! This gorgeous book is one of hauntingly beautiful artwork placed in color book format for adults to complete.

With approximately 65 different pictures of various sizes and content, this coloring book is truly a gorgeous picture book that each reader is able to participate in on a deeper level. The book jacket even comes off to reveal the interior as another large coloring sheet!

I give this book 4 out of 5 dragons, I can’t wait to get back to coloring now.

*Full disclosure: I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review. The comments and views are my own.*