Dover Coloring Book

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I like Ruth Soffer's nature coloring books. I think I own just about all of them that are currently available, or have been in the past few years. This one is particularly good: the pictures are well-drawn and interesting, and they are nice and big, and not too complicated, so even younger children would enjoy coloring this one. It's one of the older publications (1995) from back when Dover still had some coloring books with forty or more pages. This one has forty-four pictures to color.

I, as usual, looked up everything online that was labeled on each of these pages so as to color them accurately. There are so many exquisitely beautiful fish and sea plants and animals to view—many that I had never heard of, so I certainly learned a lot. Of course, being from Ohio, my knowledge of coral reef inhabitants is quite minimal.

And the result, as you may notice, was a difficulty in deciding what to post because I had so many favorites. I managed to narrow it down to these eleven. Enjoy these fun pictures. They are not "works of art" as many of Dover's current coloring books are, but they are still very cool.

Page 7: Harlequin Tusk Fish (Great Barrier Reef)
Page 14: Royal Empress Angelfish (Red Sea)
Page 21: Three different Butterflyfish and a Sea Fan (Caribbean)

Royal Empress Angelfish

Butterflyfish and a Sea Fan

Harlequin Tusk Fish

Page 22: Stoplight Parrotfish (top), Princess Parrotfish (center) and Fire Coral (Caribbean)
Page 18: Elkhorn Coral and Hawksbill Turtle (Caribbean)
Page 23 Nassau Grouper (center), Yellowmouth Grouper, and Callyspongia Sponge (Caribbean)

Elkhorn Coral and Hawksbill Turtle

Nassau Grouper, Yellowmouth Grouper, and Callyspongia Sponge

Stoplight Parrotfish, Princess Parrotfish, Fire Coral

Page 30: Graysby (Caribbean)
Page 25: Spanish Hogfish and Thorny Sea Star (Caribbean)
Page 36: Creole Wrasse and Sea Fan Caribbean)

Spanish Hogfish and Thorny Sea Star

Creole Wrasse and Sea Fan

Graysby

Page 34: Barred Hamlet (top) and Shy Hamlet (Caribbean)
Page 35: Squirrelfish (Caribbean)

Squirrelfish

Barred Hamlet (top) and Shy Hamlet

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