Locate a geometric coloring book ?
October 16, 2006 11:57 AM   Subscribe

Looking for the name of a geometric-type coloring book from my childhood - every page was like graph paper but none of the shapes were square.

My 8-year-old niece is showing an interest in drawing geometric shapes - and I think she'd really enjoy this coloring book I had as a child (over 30 years ago). Of course I can't remember the name. The great thing about it was that you could choose to color some of the shapes to create different figures, or all of them to explore patterns. I've searched Amazon, etc. but without a look inside, I can't be sure I've found anything similar. Hive mind - I'm betting you can beat the the local bookstores in finding what I want. Thanks in advance for the help.
posted by AuntLisa to Home & Garden (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Altair Design? They're still in production, as Amazon has a couple.
posted by magicbus at 12:13 PM on October 16, 2006

they were like this yeah? I had them too. They are tessalations but the name of the book series escapes me. Altair? Alstair? maybe? Google doesn't help, but i do remember that they came in different complexities depending on age and that I and my friends could spend hours with a set of felt tip pens making dinosaurs and stuff out of the shapes!

Gah! This is going to annoy me!
posted by merocet at 12:15 PM on October 16, 2006

Ahhhh these. Brain came back after a cup of tea!
posted by merocet at 12:28 PM on October 16, 2006

Response by poster: Right on the mark magicbus - I searched Amazon, but my search terms (coloring book geometric) weren't getting the right results. Its also cool to remember that these patterns are tesselations merocet, though that may be more than my niece needs to know !
posted by AuntLisa at 12:30 PM on October 16, 2006

Thank you for asking this question AuntLisa! I fondly remember the same books from my childhood (around the same time), and I occasionally do a fruitless search for them too. A quick search with magicbus and merocet's answer reveals some other related books I remember, which can still be bought online these days, called Polysymetrics.
posted by Joh at 1:10 PM on October 16, 2006

Wow thanks for the question - I loved those too!
posted by radioamy at 1:17 PM on October 16, 2006

They do look neat, but unfamiliar to me -- since the prices are in pounds, are they only a British thing?
posted by Rash at 5:01 PM on October 16, 2006

Altair designs were great! I still have my 2 books from childhood. I'm surprised that the patterns haven't been scanned and put online yet (they could be a fun flash artsy toy).
posted by spacelux at 2:11 AM on October 17, 2006

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