The Parkway Museums District, in partnership with award-winning dot-to-dot artist David Kalvitis, creator of The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Book Series, has produced the Philadelphia We Are Connected Dot-to-Dot Coloring Book to honor the centennial of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Featuring an image of Benjamin Franklin on the cover, the 32-page book includes 23 challenging dot-to-dot puzzles for kids and adults, depicting attractions in the Parkway Museums District. Featured are museums, educational and religious institutions, public art, architecture, fountains and pocket parks. There are both one- and two-page puzzles, ranging in size from 156 connectable dots to 1,690. A welcome page provides a brief history of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and a puzzle key identifies the Parkway attractions that are featured. This is the 19th book – and first custom book -- for David Kalvitis, whose publishing company, Monkeying Around, has been producing dot-to-dot books since 2000.
The Philadelphia We Are Connected Dot-to-Dot Coloring Book debuted at the Parkway 100 We Are Connected Festival on Friday, September 8, 2017, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, the kickoff to the Parkway’s 14-month centennial celebration. It is available for sale at museums, attractions and visitor centers in Philadelphia, as well as through the author’s distribution outlets, including MonkeyingAround.com and Amazon. The cost of the book is $7.95 USA (plus tax), $10.95 Canada.
Locations where the book is being sold include:
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Art Shop at Moore College of Art & Design
The Barnes Foundation
Capriccio Café and Bar at Cret Park
Courtyard Philadelphia City Avenue
Eastern State Penitentiary
The Franklin Institute
Free Library of Philadelphia (online)
Independence Visitor Center
Logan Square Café at Sister Cities Park
Philadelphia Museum of Art
“The Parkway Museums District is a collection of world-class museums, attractions, green spaces and public art that, together, create one exceptional destination,” said Judi Rogers, executive director of the Parkway Museums District. “This book is a fun way to celebrate how all of these attractions are connected, learn about the history of Philadelphia’s grand cultural boulevard, and discover some of the great things you can see and do in the Parkway Museums District.”
"It has been a wonderful experience working with the members of the Parkway Museums District on the We Are Connected Philadelphia Dot-to-Dot Book," said David Kalvitis, author/designer of The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Book series. "I have learned so much about the Benjamin Franklin Parkway while researching and working on this book that Philadelphia has become a favorite place I will continue to visit for years to come."
ABOUT DAVID KALVITIS
David Kalvitis, a lifelong puzzle and game fan, has a Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University and operated a graphic design business in Upstate N.Y. for 13 years. In 2000, he opened Monkeying Around Publishing with a goal to provide fun and challenging dot-to-dot puzzles that entertain both young and old alike. So far he has self-published 18 books and has sold more than one million books worldwide. He also has had weekly dot-to-dot puzzles published in various newspapers in the United States, Belarus, Italy, Slovakia and the United Kingdom. His books have been awarded 24 awards including 2004 Informal Education Award; 2006 Oppenheim Toy Award; 2009 WTS 5 Star Toy Review; 2011 Mom's Choice Award®; 2012 Able Play Rating; 2003, 2010, 2012 National Parent Center Award; 2004, 2010, 2012 Dr. Toy's Best Award; 2011, 2012 Toy Man® Seal of Approval; 2013 Family Review Center Award; 2004, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2015 Creative Child Award; 2007, 2010, 2013, 2015 Major Fun Award.
ABOUT THE PARKWAY MUSEUMS DISTRICT
The one-mile Benjamin Franklin Parkway stretches from Philadelphia City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, connecting the city’s business district to Fairmount Park, one of the largest urban green spaces in the United States. Known as the Parkway Museums District, the cultural destination is home to some of the city’s most treasured museums, including the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, The Barnes Foundation, The Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Rodin Museum.
The picturesque Swann Memorial Fountain at Logan Square is among the Parkway’s most scenic spaces and an example of the Parkway’s abundant public art. Locals and visitors like to gather at the Parkway’s pocket parks, including Dilworth Park. Love Park, Cret Park, Sister Cities Park, and The Oval, or run the steps “Rocky” made famous. Trees and international flags line the boulevard, which is also known for its exceptional architecture. The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul, Friends Select School, Moore College of Art & Design, and the newly completed Philadelphia Mormon Temple are also here.