A collection of 1,001 adventurous and fanciful tales, the Arabian Nights stories were told in Persia, Arabia, India, and Asia for thousands of years before they were written down. These ancient tales have been translated into many languages and are still beloved throughout the world. Maybe you’ve heard of the most famous tales: Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, The Seven Voyages of Sindbad the Sailor, and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. The stories take place in far-off, exotic lands and are full of action, intrigue, romance, comedy, and revenge. Their main characters often find themselves in remarkable and dangerous situations, which they overcome by using magic or clever trickery.
The line drawings in this coloring book are based on the elegant illustrations of Virginia Frances Sterrett; they were created for an American edition of The Arabian Nights published in 1928. Her original artworks are reproduced on the inside front and back covers. When you fill in the drawings, you might want to refer to Sterrett’s color schemes or you might choose different ones. The last two pages of this book are blank so you can create pictures of your own. Can you make illustrations for your own magical tales?