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After receiving a fine arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and completing two years of graduate work in design at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Ruth Heller (1923-2004) began her career designing wrapping paper, cocktail napkins, greeting cards, and coloring books. After five years of rejection and one complete revision, Hellers first book, Chickens Arent the Only Ones, about egg-laying animals, was published in 1981. It was so successful that the sequel, and second book to be published, Animals Born Alive And Well (1982), about mammals, quickly followed. In 1983 and 1984, her third and fourth titles, The Reason For A Flower (about plants that have seeds and flowers) and Plants That Never Ever Bloom (about plants that do not) were published.

She then began work on a collection of six books, the How To Hide series on camouflage and the magic of this phenomenon in nature, which covered the entire animal kingdom -- insects, birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and sea creatures. The next collection of books became a five-volume series on parts of speech: A Cache of Jewels and Other Collective Nouns; Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs; Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives; Merry-Go-Round: A Book About Nouns; and Up, Up and Away: A Book About Adverbs. She also wrote and illustrated the unique and fascinating book Color, a charming and instructive guide to how art goes through the four color printing process.

Among the notable people who have had an influence on Hellers writing have been: Ogden Nash, Gilbert and Sullivan, Edward Lear, Hilaire Belloc, and Dr. Seuss. Heller says of her work, All my books are nonfiction picture books in rhyme. I find writing in rhyme enjoyable and challenging, and I think it is an easy way for children to learn new facts and acquire a sophisticated vocabulary. Children are not intimidated by big words. I try to make my writing succinct and allow the illustrations to convey as much information as possible.

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Designs for Coloring: Cats by Ruth Heller 0448031485 9780448031484 Designs for Coloring: Cats
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Color by Ruth Heller 0698118588 9780698118584 Color
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Plants That Never Ever Bloom by Ruth Heller 044818964X 9780448189642 Plants That Never Ever Bloom
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Plants That Never Ever Bloom by Ruth Heller 0590437623 9780590437622 Plants That Never Ever Bloom
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Mine, All Mine! by Ruth Heller 0448416069 9780448416069 Mine, All Mine!
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Merriam-Websters Alphabet Book by Ruth Heller 087779023X 9780877790235 Merriam-Websters Alphabet Book
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Color by Ruth Heller 0399228152 9780399228155 Color
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Designs for Coloring: Butterflies by Ruth Heller 0448031493 9780448031491 Designs for Coloring: Butterflies
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Designs for Coloring: Optical Art by Ruth Heller 0448031434 9780448031439 Designs for Coloring: Optical Art
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How to Hide a Parakeet & Other Birds by Ruth Heller 044840964X 9780448409641 How to Hide a Parakeet & Other Birds
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Animals Born Alive and Well by Ruth Heller 0448018225 9780448018225 Animals Born Alive and Well
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Galapagos Means Tortoises by Ruth Heller 0871569175 9780871569172 Galapagos Means Tortoises
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Designs for Coloring: More Geometrics by Ruth Heller 0448401215 9780448401218 Designs for Coloring: More Geometrics
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Designs for Coloring: Geometrics by Ruth Heller 0448031469 9780448031460 Designs for Coloring: Geometrics
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Designs for Coloring: Prisms by Ruth Heller 0448422514 9780448422510 Designs for Coloring: Prisms
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Designs for Coloring: Ancient Egypt Ruth Heller 0448419947 9780448419947 Experience the decorative beauty and regal splendor of ancient Egypt in these ready-to-color designs of gods, pharaohs, and much more   Designs for Coloring: Ancient Egypt
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Sea Life (Designs for Coloring) Ruth Heller 0448452049 9780448452043 Finally, a brand-new Designs for Coloringbook for the next generation of aspiring artists! Ruth Heller? bestselling series is back with 31 brand-new illustrated pages to color. Spen Sea Life (Designs for Coloring)
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