Based on Maja Säfström’s delightful book The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts, this collection of 50 collectible postcards is the perfect way for animal lovers and art lovers to share and collect Maja’s charming illustrations.
Housed in a keepsake box and arranged, much like a recipe box or card catalog, in tabbed sections (air, forest, sea, etc) this posctard box lets the user share all the curious knowledge and amazing artwork that makes Maja’s book so special. From the Otters (they hold hands when they sleep in the water so they don’t float away from each other!) to the elephant (mother elephant pregnanices last two years!) each postcard presents a unique look at the animal kingdom that will delight and astound. 50 postcards; 25 designs repeating, printed on toothy uncoated stock, with the animal’s biological classifcation on the back.
**I received a copy of this product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
Sometimes you come across products that you love the idea of, but then they kind of miss the mark in some ways. That’s the case of these cute postcards.
I was excited when I came across these. How fun it would be to have some cute postcards to mail quick notes off to someone. Plus, I love trivia, so I thought it would be cool to have the interesting facts on them. I was certainly interested.
When the package came in the mail, I was so impressed when I first opened the box… and this is one of the most wonderful aspects of this set. The box is really nice. A very heavy carboard material with a lid that flips open. It’s sturdy and works well. Then inside of that, the postcards were divided into five categories with heavy card stock dividers: Sky, Jungle, Field, Forest, and Sea.
Of course in each of those categories, are the postcards… but that is sadly where these lost their charm a bit for me. On each card, there just really isn’t a lot to color. The backgrounds are blank, so perhaps if you enjoy drawing in backgrounds or something you may enjoy these, but that’s not something I would want to do. And then even the animals don’t have much to color on them. So for being something designed to color, there isn’t a lot to do.
But, the cards to redeem themselves a bit with the facts. There were some fun and interesting things on them. Also, on the backside of the postcard (where you would address it and write a note on it), it includes the name of the animal, the class, and the order of it… so perhaps these might be a fun teaching tool as well.
All in all, I guess this is one of those products that you should definitely check out in person before buying– make sure you know what you are getting and that it is in fact what you want or something that interests you.