May 25, 2016 by Beth - I SNIFF BOOKS blog
The One and Only Colouring series (by Phoenix Yard Books) has teamed up with Elephant Parade® to create The One and Only Elephant Parade Postcard Colouring Book — a collection of postcards based on the designs on the decorated elephants statues in the parade.
The first Elephant Parade exhibition was held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in 2007 and since then there has been a total of 17 exhibitions in various cities around the world. An exhibition usually has around 30 – 80 elephant statues on display and the statues are the same size and weight as a baby elephant! The purpose of the Elephant Parade is to create awareness and help raise funds for elephant hospitals and elephant conservation.
The images are printed on sturdy white card sized 5.75 x 8.25 inches and the card edge is perforated for easy removal. Please note: While the book refer to the cards as “postcards,” the United States Postal Service will not treat them as postcards because the cards exceed the dimensions of 4.25 x 6 inches — you cannot use a postcard stamp. USPS will treat the postcards as letters and they will require letter-size postage — at least one 47-cents first-class stamp. This is not a criticism, merely a FYI so you can be prepared so your postcard will not get returned to sender for insufficient postage.
There is a variety of imagery in the postcard book and line thickness and intricacy varies from page to page. I love the idea/mission of the Elephant Parade and the elephant statues are stunning, but for me, I’m not as crazy about this postcard collection as I hoped I would be. Also, I just don’t know if all the art “translated” well into black and white drawings to color. As we all know, art is very subjective so you may flip for this collection of postcards.
Below are the fronts of seven of the postcards. Two of the photos show the back of the postcard and a close-up of the elephant statue. At the end of my review is a silent 45-second video flick-thru so you can see the fronts of all 30 postcards.
Money from each book sold will go to the Elephant Parade® charity. [At this time, I do not know the exact percentage.]
Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy from the publisher in exchange for a review. The opinions are my own.
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