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The Coloring Book of Cards and Envelopes: Christmas

A whimsical collection of 24 cards and coordinating envelopes to color and share this Christmas!

rr_christmas-coloringThe Coloring Book of Cards and Envelopes: Christmas by Nosy Crow and Rebecca Jones. Nosy Crow, 2016. 

Reading Level: All

Recommendation: All ages!

This is a delightful collection of thick paper cards and coordinating envelopes (that crafters get to fold and seal with stickers!) for folks of all ages who enjoy coloring. Cards feature designs to color on the front and inside of each card plus a small “colored by ____” design on the back. Envelopes have small, scattered designs to color on the outside, but the entire inside of the envelope is a page of Christmas-themed patterns to color: Christmas stockings, bells, holly, presents, and similar images. One card features Santa,  but the rest feature presents, woodland animals, bells, Christmas trees, and the like.

img_6261Coloring during a read aloud is a favorite activity for many children. This is a terrific book to purchase early in the Christmas season and have available for those dark winter afternoons when children need something quiet and there’s a good book on hand. Parents, make some hot chocolate, pass out cards and markers to those listening, and start reading! (There’s a beautiful edition of The Christmas Carol we’re recommending this year that would make a fantastic choice.) Grandparents might consider having a book like this lying around for when their favorite grandchildren make a visit. Even if it’s too late to mail a card before Christmas, it’s never too late to encourage children to write a appreciative note to a sibling or relative. A really ambitious colorer might choose to color one card for each December day before Christmas.

Picture shows book next to the outside of an envelope (that crafters fold along “scored” lines); shots of front and insides of cards; inside of an envelope (bottom middle)

Cautions: Worldview (one picture of Santa)

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair, unbiased review.

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