My husband surprised me on my birthday a couple of weeks ago with a little something special...an adult coloring book and a 64 pack of colored pencils (with a built-in sharpener!). Not that I do not take delight in the the Disney Princesses coloring book and a pack of Crayolas when my niece is in town, but how absolutely wonderful to have more intricate drawings to attend to and fine-tipped utensils to fill in tiny crevices!
Adults around the world have awakened the child inside them and I think it is fabulous! Coloring is a great way to de-stress and regroup after a tough day at work. By labeling it an "adult" coloring book, we are given permission to color! Turning inward, relaxing, and embracing creativity to bring the designs to life with color and personality is highly therapeutic. While others have also created adult coloring books, it is Johanna Basford's Secret Garden that has taken the globe by storm (as evidenced by the 1 million copies sold in a very short time); outselling the most popular cookbook in France...oui!! oui!!
"I love the idea of chic French ladies shunning saucepans for coloring pencils." - J. Basford.
I think part of the rise in popularity of adult coloring books may be that busy, overworked adults yearn to tune out the world for a bit. Retreating into the pages of a coloring book is a way to escape from the day's stresses... mimicking a simpler time when bill paying, parenting, and draining workdays were non-existent.
I believe there is great value in the act of coloring for children... and for adults. Like writing, coloring is a creative act. Everyone has a creative soul... it just needs to be unleashed, encouraged, nurtured, and celebrated. What would happen if coloring (inside the lines, optional) became a curriculum standard? What a delightful, interdisciplinary, and developmentally appropriate (regardless the age!) benchmark that would be! I love the parallels between a coloring book creator and "reader" AND a children's book author and reader: they are both collaborative acts, transactions, between the creator/author and the reader...the child brings the color...brings the meaning...
Time to add a little color to your life!
I am a reader, a writer, and a dreamer. It is my joy to share quality literature for the most discerning of all readers...educators, children, and the child in all of us.
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