The Wild Swans - Helen Crawford-White

The Wild Swans by Helen Crawford – White


  • No of Pages: 64 pages
  • Type: paperback
  • Publisher: Pushkin Children’s Books
  • Release Date: 6 October 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13:978-1782691228
  • Size: 21.1 x 1 x 29.7 cm
  • Price: £9.99

The Wild Swans Colouring Book  has the entire story of Han’s Christian Anderson’s story printed alongside the illustrations so you can read and colour at the same time. This makes it ideal for both a parent and child. The parent could colour the illustrations and read the story and the child watches as gradually the pages come to life with colour. A child might like to colour it themselves as the pictures are not overly detailed, or it can be given as a gift once coloured to become a family keepsake.

The paper is medium-weight. It is thick enough to use most water-based markers, although you may find there is some shadowing on the reverse. It is smooth but with enough tooth and it takes pencil well. It is a crisp white and the line-work is a crisp grey/black and clearly printed.  The ink is crisp and fixed so doesn’t transfer to the other pages when you are colouring. The pages are both glued and sewn which means you can bend the cover as much as you like to colour into the gutter and the pages won’t fall out, although with only a few double page spreads this is mostly not a problem.

The format is the text of the story printed on the left page with the right page having illustrations for you to colour. After a few pages like this it is followed by a double page spread of text followed by a few double page illustrations. Although quite simple the illustrations are quite lovely and unusual with a Scandinavian inspired style. There are swans (of course), flowers, trees, a castle, fruit, frogs, feathers and scenes to colour, all stylised and some more abstract than others. The illustrations are not overly detailed while still having some smaller details to make it interesting. This would appeal to a beginner, a competent child or just someone who prefers to colour a ‘simpler’ style of picture.

It is a pretty book, and I love the idea of having a story alongside the illustrations to colour and make it into a keepsake for your child. This means that once finished the book will have an extra use than one just full of coloured pictures.


I chose to colour this little fairy with Prismacolor Premier pencils.The pencils go on the paper smoothly.

The Wild Swans Colouring Book by Helen Crawford-White is available from Amazon., Book Depository and The Wordery (both with free worldwide shipping). It will be released in USA in Feb 2017.

There is also a paperback version of the story which will make a lovely gift package with the colouring book version. Available from amazon. co uk, Book Depository and Wordery.


I was kindly sent a copy from Pushkin press in exchange for a fair and honest review.

All thoughts and comments are my own.

Also by Pushkin Press


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