Designs for Coloring: Geometrics
Designs for Coloring: Geometrics  -     By: Ruth Heller
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 64
Vendor: Grosset & Dunlap
Publication Date: 1990
Dimensions: 10.73 X 8.15 X 0.21 (inches)
ISBN: 0448031469
ISBN-13: 9780448031460
Series: Designs for Coloring

Publisher's Description

If you enjoy the challenge of coloring intricate geometric designs or stylized abstract patterns, this book from award-winning artist and designer Ruth Heller is guaranteed to provide hours of imaginative and creative fun. There are bold, single designs that cover the entire page, as well as smaller repeat designs that give an overall pattern effect.

Author Bio

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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  1. So Says Sunny
    Fort Payne, AL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Ages 6-8? Bah! Best coloring books ever!
    September 17, 2014
    So Says Sunny
    Fort Payne, AL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
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    Ruth Heller's Designs for Coloring are printed on one side of really nice thick paper, suitable even for watercolors -- I used bright, bold Crayola Markers (the pointy, fat ones for best coverage and accuracy). The lines are crisp and the designs complex. Many of butterflies and flowers are detailed enough to identify the species! Many of the books have designs in several sizes: full-page, 4/page, and 9/page -- I used the smaller ones to try out color combinations and practice.

    I received my first Designs for Coloring book (Geometrics) for Christmas in 1979 ... I have fond memories of coloring them while watching It's A Wonderful Life. For years afterward, my wish list included the newest titles.

    My favorite designs were the Cats, especially the whimsically patterned cats (Persian rug cat). One year I cut the 4/page snowflake pages in half and folded them to make custom Christmas cards. I turned the design from the Geometrics cover into a set of bookmarks.

    In the early 1990s I bought new copies of ALL Heller's coloring books (Geometrics, More Geometrics, Snowflakes, Flowers, Butterflies, Birds, Cats). A couple years later I shared them with the girls in my college dorm as a fun exam stress reliever.

    In case you couldn't tell, I think Designs for Coloring are wonderful and would recommend them to anyone.
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