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Book review: “Route 66 Postcard Coloring Book”

Route 66 Postcard Coloring Book cover

Folks may think the new “Route 66 Postcard Coloring Book,” published by the folks at the Legends of America website, is tailor-made for children and nobody else.

However, coloring books for adults became a craze in the last few years. According to a report earlier this year by CNN, therapists and researchers touted the mental-health benefits of adults coloring pages for more than a decade. It’s even being suggested as an alternative to meditation. Several coloring books became best-sellers.

The “Route 66 Postcard Coloring Book” attempts to thread this marketing needle by touting it for children and adults. The back cover — which shows samples of the illustrations inside — says, “Color … Learn … Relax.”

Here’s a new Legends of America video touting the book:

The “Route 66 Postcard Coloring Book” contains 20 postcards perforated near the binding so they can be torn out easily. The other side of each card-stock postcard comes with a stamp-placement box, a description of the illustration and space for handwritten notes and mailing addresses.

Here’s a sample of one of the pages:


Illustrations include:

  • A Route 66 “America’s Highway” emblem
  • The Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan
  • The Cozy Dog Drive-In sign in Springfield, Illinois
  • A Meramec Caverns barn and billboard in Missouri
  • Totem Pole Trading Post sign and the hillbilly mascot of Mule Trading Post, both of Rolla, Missouri
  • Tow Tater of Galena, Kansas
  • Blue Whale of Catoosa, Oklahoma
  • Myrtle the big kachina doll and the big Route 66 shield of Elk City, Oklahoma
  • A map of Route 66 with noted attractions
  • U-Drop Inn of Shamrock, Texas
  • Big Texan Steak Ranch sign of Amarillo
  • Tee Pee Curios of Tucumcari, New Mexico
  • A kachina doll and chile ristra in Albuquerque
  • Wigwam Motel of Holbrook, Arizona
  • Snow Cap Drive-In in Seligman, Arizona
  • Hackberry General Store of Hackberry, Arizona
  • 66 Motel sign and “Needles, California” wagon, both of Needles, California
  • Roy’s of Amboy, California
  • Santa Monica Pier sign and End of the Trail sign, both of Santa Monica
  • A variety of signs and other landmarks along Route 66

The coloring book retails for $8.95. It may be ordered here. Christmas is right around the corner; this volume might make a good stocking-stuffer for a Route 66 aficionado.

(Images courtesy of Legends of America)


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