“Ultimately, let it remind you how blessed we are to live in a nation as extraordinary as the United States,” the introduction states in this book, God Bless America: A Patriotic Coloring Book.
~ What ~
This eighty-page paperback targets both young and old whose creativity and artistic honors America and God through drawing. With quotes from our founding fathers, famous individuals and heroes, historical documents, patriotic hymns and Bible verses, black and white pictures that are meant to be colored cover the right side of the pages while their opposite sides explain their origination, author, or history.
Colorists can fill in thirty-seven pages of simple to complex drawings while relieving stress and doodling as they concentrate on America the Beautiful. With nine different illustrators designs, various drawings are simple animal or flowers to extensive scenes of the Liberty Bell, Monticello, and Mount Vernon. Some of the quotes are from American presidents such as Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Hoover, Truman, and Kennedy along with iconic figures like Franklin, Revere, Anthony, Barton, MacArthur, Patton, King, and Schwarzkopf to name a few. Also included are a hymn writers Bates, Key, and Smith along with Bible verses. There is a playlist link to access to listen to America’s music while completing the artwork.
~ Why ~
My favorite design is “Sweet land of liberty” by Samuel Francis Smith, a Baptist pastor who wrote “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” in 1831 on a scrap of paper in a half hour. The drawing by Deborah Gregg depicts a quaint town scene complete with a horse and carriage. The back of the page contains the entire words to the song and its history. I like that all pictures are centered on the pages with perforations for removing them for framing or displaying. The paper used is thick enough that colored pencils and felt tip markers would not bleed through to the following page.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not care for coloring or doodling will pass on this type of book. Some may not like all the pictures or the quotes for personal reasons.
~ Who ~
Nine different illustrators were chosen to create the black and white drawings for this book. Their websites are listed at the back of the book for further research.
~ Wish ~
Being an artist, I liked how this is a collection of different artists’ works with little duplication and plenty of choices for the colorist. I wish more books were out there that followed the same idea of including several artists in one book.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for an adult coloring book that promotes America and God, this is a fun, creative, and excellent choice.
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