It is believed that the company The McLoughlin Brothers (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McLoughlin_Brothers) invented the coloring books. They published a book called The Little Folks' Painting Book in collaboration with Kate Greenaway in 1880.

The picture should be large without small details, images must be recognizable, kind and interesting, for kids contour lines should be thick, it hides some errors made by child, the outlines of the pictures should be smooth, without corners, difficult bends.

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