Saturday, February 18, 2017

Color Chicken Soup for the Soul

A coloring and activity book by
Chicken Soup for the Soul.
        Turn off the t.v. and turn your child onto reading aloud together. Talking with kids about the stories they read and then following up with simple activities is a pleasant and educational way for parents to spend time with their children.
       Chicken Soup for The Soul, not only produces great books for kids but also has wonderful media kits for educators full of free videos and lesson plans here.

       Chicken Soup for the Soul is a publishing, consumer goods and media company based in Cos Cob, CT. It is known for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books. The first book, like most subsequent titles in the series, consisted of inspirational true stories about ordinary people's lives. The book became a major best-seller and something of a social phenomenon. Today Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC continues to publish about a dozen new books per year. The company has also branched out into other categories such as food, pet food, and television programming.
       Motivational speakers Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen collaborated on the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book, compiling inspirational, true stories they had heard from their audience members. Many of the stories came from members of the audience of their inspirational talks. The book was rejected by major publishers in New York but accepted by a small, self-help publisher in Florida called HCI.
       After the success of the first book, Canfield and Hansen, with HCI, published additional, similar Chicken Soup for the Soul titles. Later, they published Chicken Soup for the Soul books for specific demographics, such as Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, which came out in 1997 and was a major best-seller. New Chicken Soup for the Soul titles and sequels to existing books have been published on a regular basis since the first book came out in 1993. As of late 2013, the series included more than 200 titles.
       In 2008, the founders, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, sold the company to a new ownership group led by William J. Rouhana and Robert D. Jacobs. Since then all new titles have been published by Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC and distributed by Simon & Schuster.
       Under the new ownership group, Chicken Soup for the Soul has expanded into other categories besides books. The company markets pet foods under the brand Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul and a line of soups, sauces and other prepared foods under the brand Chicken Soup for the Soul.
       In 2013, the company announced plans to produce a television series and movie with Alcon Entertainment. Chicken Soup for the Soul has also produced television programming with other partners, including PBS.

Coloring Books by Lisa Frank

"Purfect Playtime" coloring by Lisa Frank.
      Lisa Frank designs were very popular when my youngest girl was small and she was quite enamored with this company's products.
      I introduced pages from this coloring book to some young children that I was taking care of five years ago. The reaction was exactly the same. The moment they laid eyes on her illustrations, they wanted to color the whole book all at once. I guess big eyed pets will always be a big hit with the young folks.

       Lisa Frank Inc. is a private for-profit company formed in 1979, under its founder and CEO, Lisa Frank. The company is known for its colorful, psychedelic designs featured on a variety of media, such as school supplies and stickers.
       The majority of Lisa Frank Incorporated’s relevance in popular culture stems from a wide internet exposure appealing to the childhood nostalgia of women who grew up with Lisa Frank merchandise in the 1980s and 1990s.
       Lisa Frank Inc.’s collaboration with Urban Outfitters in 2012 has launched the renewed interest in the company from the previously mentioned demographic. The teen and young adult targeted clothing retailer currently sells 1990s Lisa Frank merchandise on their website. According to an interview with Lisa Frank, the company has saved ten of each item produced throughout its history and some of those products are what is currently being sold by Urban Outfitters.

Retro commercials and private interview with Lisa Frank
 by Urban Outfitters Television. Click on video to see more
of their interviews.

Coloring with Mister Ed

One of several nostalgic coloring books in my
private collection.
            Believe it or not, "Mister Ed" was popular way before my time! Every once and a while I pick up an old coloring book from my local flee market. This one cost me one dollar! Wow, it used to be only 29 cents. This talking horse is the 'official' Hollywood version, published in 1963. Maybe someday when it's copyright expires, I will upload the pages here.

      The Mister Ed show concept was derived from a series of short stories by children's author Walter R. Brooks, which began with The Talking Horse in the September 18, 1937, issue of Liberty magazine. Brooks is otherwise best known for the Freddy the Pig series of children's novels, which likewise featured talking animals that interact with humans. Sonia Chernus, secretary to director Arthur Lubin, introduced Lubin to the Brooks stories and is credited with developing the concept for television.
      The show's concept resembles that of the Francis the Talking Mule movies in which an equine title character talks, but only to one person, thus causing a variety of opportunities and frustrations. The first six Francis films (1950–55) were also directed by Lubin.
      Lubin wanted to make a Francis TV series but had been unable to secure the rights. However someone told him about Brooks' series of stories. He optioned these for TV.
      Comedian George Burns financed the original pilot for Mister Ed which was shot at his McCadden Studio in Hollywood at a cost of $70,000. Scott McKay played Wilbur. Jack Benny was also involved behind the scenes. Unable to sell the show to a network, Lubin decided to sell the show into syndication first. He managed to get single sponsor identification for the program on over 100 stations. The show was recast with Alan Young in the lead. Production began in November 1960, although Lubin did not direct early episodes because he was working in Europe on a film. The first 26 episodes were well received enough for the show to be picked up by CBS.

 Old theme song for the Mr. Ed television show.

View old Mister Ed television series:

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Free "Water Safety Coloring Book" from Minnesota

"This water safety coloring and activity book may be used to instruct children in some of the basics if boat and water safety." Download this free coloring book here

Parents may wish to share this coloring book with their kids before taking them on vacation. Come explore the water trails of Minnesota this summer.

"Color The Coast" free coloring book

This free coloring book for students was published by The Florida Office of Coastal Management in 1980. It was illustrated by Randy McCaulley and uploaded to the internet archive by The Florida State Library. It teaches students how to keep their coastal environment clean.

"Learning About Florida Invaders" coloring book

A educational coloring book by CAPS.
Science teachers may wish to acquire this free coloring book for their classrooms. 

"Learning About Florida Invaders is sponsored by the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS), a group of state and federal inspectors that monitor Florida for unwanted exotic invasive pests. To learn more about CAPS, visit FreshFromFlorida.com."

This coloring book has been designated for educational use by the Florida Division of Library and Information Services at The Internet Archive.

Make way for the circus wedding!

Description of Coloring Page: lion costumes, bride and groom, holding the bride's train, people dressed for a parade, top hat, flowers

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Give this clown a face before coloring him in.

Description of Coloring Page: This clown needs a face., ruffled collar, tiny hat, feather, head of a clown

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Look out for giraffes in the circus parade!


Description of Coloring Pages: drum, beating a drum, people dressed in costume, circus parade, Mardi Gras parade, clowns, clown cart, man dressed as monkey, people inside giraffe costume


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Thursday, February 9, 2017

The tortoise and the two ducks coloring page


Description of Coloring Page: two ducks, wings, turtle, shell, cloud, grass, pebbles, riverbed

Light-brain'd tortoise, anciently,
Tired of her hole, the world would see.
Prone are all such, self-banish'd, to roam
Prone are all cripples to abhor their home.
Two ducks, to whom the gossip told
The secret of her purpose bold,
Profess'd to have the means whereby
They could her wishes gratify.
"Our boundless road," said they, "behold!
It is the open air;
And through it we will bear
You sate o'er land and ocean.
Republics, kingdoms, you will view,
And famous cities, old and new;
And get of customs, laws, a notion,
Of various wisdom various pieces,
As did, indeed, the sage Ulysses."
The eager tortoise waited not
To question what Ulysses got,
But closed the bargain on the spot.
A nice machine the birds devise
To bear their pilgrim through the skies.
Athwart her mouth a stick they throw:
"Now bite it hard, and don't let go,"
They say, and seize each duck an end,
And, swiftly flying, upward tend.
It made the people gape and stare
Beyond the expressive power of words,
To see a tortoise cut the air,
Exactly poised between two birds.
"A miracle," they cried, "is seen!
There goes the flying tortoise queen!"
" The queen!" ('twas thus the tortoise spoke;)
"I'm truly that, without a joke."
Much better had she held her tongue,
For, opening that whereby she clung,
Before the gazing crowd she fell,
And dash'd to bits her brittle shell.

Meaning of Fable:
Imprudence, vanity, and babble
 An ever-undivided rabble,
And idle curiosity, 
Have all the same paternity. 

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The two asses coloring page

Description of Coloring Page: donkeys, asses, road, countryside, trees, landscape, sky,

TWO asses tracking, t'other day,
Of which each in his turn,
Did incense to the other burn,
Quite in the usual way,
I heard one to his comrade say,
"My lord, do you not find
The prince of knaves and fools
To be this man, who boasts of mind
Instructed in his schools?
With wit unseemly and profane,
He mocks our venerable race
On each of his who lacketh brain
Bestows our ancient surname, ass!
And, with abusive tongue portraying,
Describes our laugh and talk as braying!
These bipeds of their folly tell us,
While thus pretending to excel us."
" No, 'tis for you to speak, my friend,
And let their orators attend.
The braying is their own, but let them be:
We understand each other, and agree,
And that's enough. As for your song,
Such wonders to its notes belong,
The nightingale is put to shame,
The Sirens lose one half their fame."
"My lord," the other ass replied,
"Such talents in yourself reside,
Of asses all, the joy and pride."
These donkeys, not quite satisfied
With scratching thus each other's hide,
Must needs the cities visit,
Their fortunes there to raise,
By sounding forth the praise,
Each, of the other's skill exquisite. 

Fable Meaning: Every ass likes to hear himself bray.

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The sun and the frogs coloring page

Description of Coloring Page: swamp, frogs, cat tails, stun, trees water, gather

Rejoicing on their tyrant's wedding-day,
The people drown'd their care in drink;
While from the general joy did AEsop shrink,
And show'd its folly in this way.
"The sun," said he, " once took it in his head
To have a partner: so he wed.
From swamps, and ponds, and marshy bogs,
Up rose the wailings of the frogs.
"What shall we do, should he have progeny?"
Said they to Destiny;
'One sun we scarcely can endure,
And half-a-dozen, we are sure,
Will dry the very sea.
Adieu to marsh and fen!
Our race will perish then,
Or be obliged to fix
Their dwelling in the Styx!'
For such an humble animal,
The frog, I take it, reason'd well' 

Fable Meaning: Humble creatures choose wisely.

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