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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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Mr. Johnson received his art training at New York University and Cooper Union, and in his later years exhibited a series of geometric paintings, which were well-received by both the mathematical and artistic communities.
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book growing up, I had forgot about it but re-discovered it while shopping for a baby shower gift. It's a great message that reminds us to dream and be creative.Published 3 days ago by sara cotham
I first read (and LOVED!) this book as an elementary school student in the late 60's. It is a true celebration of imagination and creativity! Read morePublished 10 days ago by Patty Smith
delightful! This is one of our favorite gift books for grandchildren and baby showers.Published 11 days ago by Michael J.Liptak
Very cute book and made a great Christmas gift for our preschool age childPublished 15 days ago by Stephanie Seefeldt
I remember enjoying this one very much when I first read it as a child (with an artistic leaning), and I still love it.Published 19 days ago by Shelly