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RUTH HELLER -- HER LIFE AND WORKS

Ruth Heller was born in Winnipeg , Manitoba, Canada, in 1924. She was interested in art as far back as she could remember. Like many children today, she enjoyed coloring, cutting and pasting, and drawing. After she finished her studies, she became a designer and illustrator. But it was on a visit to an aquarium to research a coloring book on tropical fish she was designing that she got her first idea for a children's book. A strange-looking shape was floating in one of  the tanks. It turned out to be the egg sac of a dogfish shark. This got Ms Heller thinking about other animals that laid eggs. As she read more about them and saw their pictures, she was beginning to visualize colors, shapes, and compositions, adn she realized she had acquired enough information to write a book. That book became Chickens Aren't the Only Ones, which was published in 1991.

Writing and illustrating a book is one thing. Getting it published is another. In those days picture books just weren't being published on nonfiction subjects. It was a new idea. Ruth Heller was a pioneer in this respect, as were a few others, such as Gail Gibbons. Until these ladies and a few others came along, children's books on nonfiction subjects were pretty boring --more like old textbooks. Editors thought that the children who would enjoy the pictures would be too young to absorb the information and that children old enough to understand the information would think the pictures were too young for them. Finally an editor was willing to take a chance, and the rest is history. Today we can't imagine a bookstore without beautifully illustrated books about science, nature, history, and other subjects that interest children.

Most of Ruth Heller's children's books are written in rhymes that explain the pictures or urge the reader to interact with the pictures. The How to Hide a.... series challenges children to find the creatures hidden in their habitats.  Another popular series deals with parts of speech. All of these books are art masterpieces in themselves. As with all great illustrations, they appeal to adults reading to children as much as to the children themselves. Ruth says she wants each page to be a surprise. She tries not to repeat herself. She researches her subjects by taking pictures at the zoo, keeping a file of photographs, and reading loads of magazines and books. Instead of just imagining creatures and objects in her head, she needs to have either the object or its photograph in front of her as she works.

If you've not yet read any of Heller's books, you've a real visual treat to look forward to. Any elementary teacher unfamiliar with her books is missing some great science and language arts resources. And any child not yet exposed to these books is deprived of a wonderful way to learn more about some of God's most interesting creatures, and a unique way to learn the parts of speech. I highly recommend these books. Some may be out of print. The ones I have listed here that have BTH numbers are likely to be in print and in stock. Others may be found in libraries. And now -- here are the books.

 

Designs for Coloring:

Books in this series are on high quality paper which is suitable for use with crayons, felt-tipped pens, water paints, pencils, or pastels. Some pictures might be suitable for framing or for transferring to a piece of embroidery, needlepoint, pottery, or mosaic. Pages aren't numbered, but the books appear to be about the same size and the one I counted had 31 coloring pages. Each page is printed on only one side. These books are complex enough to meet the needs of older children, teens, and adults.

Ruth Heller's Designs for Coloring: Ancient Egypt. BTH-3275. $5.29-D

 

Ruth Heller's Designs for Coloring: Butterflies. BTH-3274. $5.29-D

 

Ruth Heller's Designs for Coloring: Cats. BTH-3276. $5.29-D

Ruth Heller's Designs for Coloring: Insects and Spiders. BTH-3277. $5.29-D

 

Stained Glass Designs for Coloring

Books in this series are on high quality vellum which is suitable for use with either water-based or alcohol-based felt-tipped pens. Some pictures might be suitable for framing. Pages aren't numbered, but the books appear to be about the same size and the one I counted had 16 coloring pages. Each page is printed on only one side. These books are complex enough to meet the needs of older children, teens, and adults.

Stained Glass Designs for Coloring: Snowflakes. BTH-3278. $7.19-D

 

 

 

Reading Railroad Books:

    How to Hide a Butterfly and Other Insects: Young readers will enjoy hunting for the camouflaged insects hidden in Ruth Heller's vibrant illustrations of a variety of plants. They will also enjoy listening to the informative rhyming text. BTH-2830. $3.14-D

    How to Hide a Crocodile and other Reptiles: Young readers will enjoy hunting for the camouflaged reptiles hidden in their habitats, and Ruth Heller's vibrant illustrations show how quickly they can disappear. BTH-2812. $3.14-D

    How to Hide a Meadow Frog and Other Amphibians: Young readers will enjoy hunting for the camouflaged frogs, toads, and other amphibians hidden in their habitats, and Ruth Heller's vibrant illustrations show how quickly they can disappear. BTH-2811. $3.14-D

    How to Hide an Octopus and Other Sea Creatures: Young readers will enjoy hunting for the camouflaged sea creatures hidden beneath the ocean's surface, as they look at Ruth Heller's vibrant illustrations and enjoy the informative rhyming text. BTH-2813. $3.14-D

    How to Hide a Parakeet and Other Birds. Click to enlarge image. I have to check availability of this one.

 

World of Language Series

 

Mine All Mine: A Book About Pronouns: This book focuses on how to use and identify pronouns in a number of different contexts. The bold illustrations enhance the meaning of the rhymed text. BTH-3260. $6.29-D

 

 

Merry-Go-Round:  A Book About Nouns. Heller explains in her rhyming text about the various kinds of nouns -- common, proper, abstract, concrete, and compound. She explains also how to make them plural. She also explains that nouns occur soon after a determiner, and gives examples. All her explanations are illustrated in vivid color. BTH-2873. $6.29-D

A Cache of Jewels and Other Collective Nouns. Collective nouns are nouns that include a collection of things, such as "herd" or "flock." Heller introduces and illustrates some that are familiar and many that are not commonly known. BTH-2874. $6.29-D

 

Fantastic! Wow! and Unreal!: A Book About Interjections and Conjunctions: This book focuses on how to use and identify interjections and conjunctions in a number of different contexts. The bold illustrations enhance the meaning of the rhymed text. BTH-3261. $6.29-D

 

Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs: This book focuses on how to use and identify verbs in a number of different contexts. The bold illustrations enhance the meaning of the rhymed text. BTH-3259.$7.19-D

Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives. Heller introduces various kinds of adjectives, giving examples of each, and illustrating them in vibrant color. BTH-2875. $6.29-D

 

Mine All Mine: A Book About Pronouns: This book focuses on how to use and identify pronouns in a number of different contexts. The bold illustrations enhance the meaning of the rhymed text. BTH-3260. $6.29-D

 

 

Up, Up, and Way: A Book About Adverbs. This book focuses on how to use and identify adverbs in a number of different contexts. The bold illustrations enhance the meaning of the rhymed text. BTH-2876. $6.29-D

Behind the Mask: A Book About Prepositions. Ruth Heller helps to make parts of speech understandable with her her simple explanations accompanied by her bold, colorful illustrations and her rhyming text. In this book she explores propositions and ho to properly use them. She also gives examples of how they are sometimes used improperly. BTH-2814. $7.19-D Out of stock.

 

World of Nature Series

Chickens Aren't the Only Ones: This is Ruth Heller's first book for children. In this book, children learn that not only birds like chickens lay eggs, but also reptiles, amphibians, spiders, insects, fish and other sea creatures, and even a couple of very unusual mammals. BTH-2872. $6.29-D

    The Reason for a Flower: Ruth Heller explains through her simple rhyming text and gorgeous illustrations how flowers produce seeds and fruit after their kind and how they aid and are pollinated by the bees and other insects. For elementary students. BTH-2815. $6.29-D


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