A COLORING BOOK THAT SHOWS THE SOFTER SIDE OF SUPER HEROES


This is one of those stories that warms your heart and achieves good for mankind, through the eyes of little boys and girls. Mom, Linnea Johansson, a cartoonist in Norway, recently found her 3 year old son Caspian holding back tears; when she asked him why, he said, “because Spider-Man doesn’t cry.”

Johansson became inspired to show her son the softer side of super heroes and created a set of free printable coloring pages showing them in unique gender-neutral situations. The lesson she’d like to inspire is that everyone can have empathy and compassion (even evil-fighting tough guys).

You’ll find Superman cradling a kitten.

And a baby-wearing Batman who also bakes cookies.

Johansson would also like to tackle Princess stereotypes next. Like this image of Sleeping Beauty rejecting a kiss from a Prince.

Johansson tells Today, “this is a coloring book with a purpose…I want to show [kids] that strong men should have warm hearts and that women should be able to decide for themselves. To be vulnerable is actually a strength, and to be different is not only OK, it’s a gift because it brings diversity and new perspectives on things.”

You can view and print for free, Johansson’s “Super-Soft Heroes” coloring pages on her website.

(via Today)
(All images: Linnea Johansson)

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