November 1, 2016 by Beth - I SNIFF BOOKS blog
I Bring You Flowers by Swedish artist Maria Trolle is a postcard book with 20 beautiful floral designs to color. The postcard designs are based upon the imagery in the Swedish and Japanese editions of the Blomster Mandala coloring book. Surprisingly, the Japanese edition contains some images that are not in the Swedish edition, like the cover image! The imagery in I Bring You Flowers is completely different from the imagery in the Blomster Mandala postcard collection.
I Bring You Flowers contains an assortment of postcards for various occasions: Love (3), Thank You (5), Happy Birthday (3), Congratulations (4), and cards with no text or a special spot where you can add your own (5). All the text on the cards is in English.
The postcards measure 5 x 7 inches and are printed on thick ivory card. The reverse sides do not contain address lines nor a square to indicate stamp placement. Instead there is a small design motif related to the imagery on the front of the card and a line of copyright text.
The postcard book has lay-flat binding which allows the book to lay completely open and flat without the spine cracking or breaking. This binding also permits the cards to be removed. Even though the postcards are removable, the binding is still quite sturdy — I have flipped through the book multiple times and the pages are still intact.
**Please note: Because the cards exceed the dimensions of 4.25 x 6 inches, the United States Postal Service will not treat them as postcards but rather as letters and they will require letter-size postage — at least one 47-cents first-class stamp. Check with your local post office before mailing.**
WHERE TO BUY: I Bring you Flowers is published by Swedish publisher Pagina Förlag. The best place to pick up a copy is right here from Pen Store, a retail and online shop based out of Sweden. At the time of this post, I Bring you Flowers is currently sold-out on Pen Store but keep
stalking checking the page!
When ordering online from Pen Store or other Swedish shops, be alert and careful as there may be different formats for the same book — there are coloring books (Målarbok), Artist Editions (Tavelbok), and postcard collections (Vykort). When in doubt, use google translate to help!
At this time, I Bring You Flowers is not listed on Amazon USA or Amazon UK because no US (or UK) publisher has acquired reprinting rights.
ANOTHER NEW COLORING BOOK BY MARIA TROLLE: Vivi söker en vän (Vivi’s looking for a friend) released in October — it’s a coloring book that is based on a children’s picture book that Maria authored and illustrated. Click here to to read my review.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary book from the publisher. I was not required nor obligated to write a review. The opinions are my own.
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