CHowlsCreative Haven Owls (Creative Haven Coloring Books)
Publisher: Dover Publications
Copyright: 2015
Number of designs: 31
ISBN-10: 0486796647
ISBN-13: 978-0486796642

From Marjorie Sarnat, who brought us the Creative Haven Cats coloring book, we now have a book full of owls.Owls have been associate with wisdom for centuries. In ancient Greece, owls were associated with Athena, goddess of wisdom and the hunt. While the owl – a formidable hunter – was probably associated with Athena due to her aspect as a huntress, the wisdom attribute appears to have rubbed off as well.

The term “wise old owl,” however, is most likely due to an old English Nursery rhyme of the same name.

A wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?

–‘A Wise Old Owl’ (author unknown)

Review Breakdown

  • Complexity: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Book Size: 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Design Borders: yes, of varying patterns, with approximately 1/2 inch margins
  • Design Lines: generally thin
  • Paper: average
  • Printing: single-sided
  • Binding: glue-bound

In this book, artist Marjorie Sarnot gives us 31 different owl designs to color, each with a different theme and highly detailed. We have library owls, romantic owls, owls flying with kites, owl totems, royal owls, mystical owls, and more. Marjorie’s Cats book was similar, but I actually enjoyed the designs in this book more. I think it’s because owls naturally have more detail to them, so the additional decorations don’t look as forced. They look more like the owls are just wearing jewelry or have painted their feathers with patterns.

If you love owls, and love coloring designs with lots of detail, you’ll enjoy this book!

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