Quality time in colour

Introducing Bobbi Pike’s Come Colour With Me in Newfoundland and Labrador: A Sharable Colouring Book for Parents and Kids

By: Pam Pardy-Ghent

Bobbi Pike knows how valuable spending quality time can be. Pike lost her mother to dementia over four years ago and the pain of that loss is something she will forever carry. “Mom was special. She was funny. She was spirited. She was great to be around,” Pike shares in reflection.

‘colour together’

Those feelings of togetherness within a close-knit family are part of what inspired Pike’s latest book, Come Colour with Me in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

The book, launched by the folks at Creative Book Publishing, is unique. Heralded as a sharable colouring book for parents and kids, this is a must-have for any busy family.

“This is designed specifically for an adult and a child to sit down and colour together,” Pike begins.  “What we are trying to get kids to do is to, and adults too, is to disconnect from their laptops and their iPads and their phones and connect with the people in their lives instead. So sit and colour a page with mom, dad, nan or your grandfather, and the entire time you are connecting, talking and experiencing something together instead of being face and eyes in a screen.”

Come Colour with Me in Newfoundland and Labrador is a follow-up to Pike’s Colours of Newfoundland and Labrador released last April “We’ve been getting amazing feedback. When they open up this book and get the concept of it, they really get engaged. They see a Newfoundland image or an animal on one page that’s really intricate for the parent and on the other side is a baby version, or a more simplified version, of that animal, and they are amazed, and they say, it’s such a great idea.”

Colour with mommy 

Pike said, for her, the project was  “absolutely amazingly fun. It was so playful. The inner child in me would love to sit down and colour those images. I love the moose, the baby moose. It is so cute. But there’s caribou, puffins, pine martins, lynx, beavers, and scenery images too.”

While Pike’s own son is 21 and “past the stage where he wants to sit and color with mommy, unfortunately” Pike says she can’t wait to get her hands on the smaller children who are in her life.

“It takes me back to my own childhood where you were doing quality things with mom. As a child, we were connected with nature and real things and with family.”

Pike thinks again on her mom.

“When I was little, mom was legally blind yet she would sit down and, back then, magazines would have these, can you draw this image sections. And she would draw the perfect lady’s face and  the hair, and it would look just like the image. I would say, mom, how can you do that? And she would look at me and smile and say, I don’t know how I do it, I just do it. And that’s something that I’ve discovered in myself. People say, how do you do what you do, and I say, I have no idea. It’s just there.”

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