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Colouring is not only fun for the young but therapeutic for the older child or even adult. As a child I loved colouring and so did my sister as we got older it didn't seem acceptable to be using colouring books but as we have grown into adults we don't care what people think. For a laugh I looked for a colouring book for my sister as an extra birthday present and came across the Beautiful Home colouring book. I thought from the cover it looked a bit more complex and would be fun for her. After it arrived and I had a flick through it I decided to get myself it too!
The Beautiful Home colouring book is a book more suitable to a slightly older child, at a guess I would say over eight although every child is different. Some of the pictures do have very small complex designs to them so they would need very good eye coordination and a steady hand! As the title of the book suggests each picture is based on interior design so to some children the pictures may come across as boring but if you have a child or adult who likes choosing colour for the home then this is the book for them. All the designs are there you just have to choose the colour and colouring it in, simple! I personally feel if you were to sit down and do picture after picture you may find it a bit repetitive but if like me you leave it and come back to it, it is ok.
This particular colouring book is paperback and measures roughly 19cms by 24.5cms, so perfect for hiding away in your paper rack! The pages of the book are of a decent thickness and I have found I have been able to colour using felt tips and not had the colour leaking through to the other side. This colouring book is made up of sixty four pages and there is definitely hour's worth of enjoyment to get out of it.
The wonderful designs are mainly over one page but there are a few double page designs. As it is based on the home most of the pictures are of pieces of furniture or items you would find in the home which have slightly intricate designs. A few of the pages don't entail items but are just a page of patterns to colour. Some of the items in this book are lamps, seating, plants, cups, ornaments and many other things. My favourite picture is a double page spread picture which has six tea cups stacked in two piles of three each pile sat on top of a saucer. Each tea cup has a different design and the designs are very delicate. Some of the double page pictures can be a little difficult near the centre of the book as they run right into the crease but that is the case with lots of colouring books.
I have had this book for over six months now I have found it is the type of book I go through phases of. Obviously if bought for a child they would probably get through it quite a bit quicker as I have only managed about a quarter of the pictures so far. The pictures are ones which will take a bit of time and care to do but certainly will give a child a sense of satisfaction once completed. I have enjoyed doing the pictures I have done although I do find it gives me hand ache after a while when using pencils and passing on hard.
This colouring book is available from a variety of book sites online. It retails at £5 but currently (January 2013) Amazon is selling it at £2.25 and is about the price I bought it for last year. At this low price I think it is definitely worth a purchase if just for a bit of fun.