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"One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight." So begins this gentle story that shows just how far your imagination can take you. Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of beauty and excitement. But this is no hare-brained, impulsive flight of fantasy. Cherubic, round-headed Harold conducts his adventure with the utmost prudence, letting his imagination run free, but keeping his wits about him all the while. He takes the necessary purple-crayon precautions: drawing landmarks to ensure he won't get lost; sketching a boat when he finds himself in deep water; and creating a purple pie picnic when he feels the first pangs of hunger.
Crockett Johnson's understated tribute to the imagination was first published in 1955, and has been inspiring readers of all ages ever since. Harold's quiet but magical journey reminds us of the marvels the mind can create, and also gives us the wondrous sense that anything is possible. (Ages 4 to 8) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"...For generations, children have cherished this ingenious and original little picture story." -- Horn Book
Do we look at art to learn things, or to feel things? I'd vote for feeling, and that's why the art book I most recommend is Harold and the Purple Crayon.... -- The New York Times Book Review, Deborah Solomon
My favorite book as a child! I try to give it as a gift to children every chance I can - really helps to encourage creativity and imagination.Published 4 days ago by Trixie Rocks
Since my daughter has autism, I truly love books that focus on imagination. This is a great imaginative story for kiddos. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Happyfam
Always was a childhood favorite of mine. I purchased this because I'm dressing up my boys as Harold and a Purple Crayon for Halloween and figured they needed to know the story. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Brett J Loewen
My mother used to read this to us when I was a little girl. Crockett Johnson has created a fun children's book that has spanned several generations with his Harold series. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Meagen Alcorn
My granddaughter, who will be 3 years old in less than two months, likes this book, but it's not among her favorites. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marjie O'Connor