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Harold and the Purple Crayon Hardcover – September 29, 2015
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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)
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This may seem unremarkable, but it is not.
There is no moon. There is nothing to walk on. There is nowhere to go.
For the only things that are real are Harold and the purple crayon. Otherwise, the universe in which he finds himself is apparently empty; nothing else is present. But what does nothing look like? It looks like nothing - a blank sheet of paper. But that kind of nothing is just exactly what is needed when what one is holding in one's hand is a purple crayon. And so the adventure gets underway.
The first thing Harold does on setting out is draw a horizontal line.
This may seem unimportant, but it is not.
For what he has drawn is the horizon, and this means that now he is standing on the ground. He can walk on it too...
Next he draws the moon (necessary if the walk is indeed to be in the moonlight). Harold draws it above the horizon - this means that it is in the sky. Now there is a reference point for height, and a world of three dimensions has come into being.
Off he goes, drawing a path, a forest (with only one tree so he won't get lost in it) and a dragon to guard the apples that are growing in the tree. Here the creator encounters unintended consequences, as the dragon that he has wrought is so fearsome as to frighten even him. Harold backs away, his hand shaking, inadvertently drawing a wavy line as he goes.
The wavy line traces out waves, and before he knows it, Harold is underwater in an ocean. He rescues himself by drawing a boat and makes his way to an unknown distant shore.Read more ›
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The book entitled, Journey by Aaron Becker is basically the more adult version of this book. If your child likes this book as much as mine does then when he is too old for Harold,... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Karen Sanders
This was my favorite book as a kid, and I just purchased it for my son. Great story, especially for artistic kids :) And I had no idea there were like 6 other purple crayon... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Phoenixfemme
Wonderful, classic story. It was a hit with my kindergarten students! We did a lot of creative activities related to the book and went to see the play in town. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Jennifer W
I loved these books when I was young, and now I get to read them to my kids, one thing I really noticed was how my 4 year old want to learn to write and draw that much after... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Sara
The book arrived in a timely manner and the story is just adorable!Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer