"Mr. Pine lived on Vine Street in a little white house." That's all fine and dandy, but there are 50 white houses on Vine Street, all in a line, and Mr. Pine can't tell which one is his! To distinguish his own abode, he decides to plant a little pine tree in front, but his neighbors like that idea so much, they do it, too. Even when he plants a bush next to his tree, everyone follows suit. Finally, Mr. Pine paints his house purple--and to his delight, no one else wants a purple house. His neighbors are inspired, however, to paint their own houses all different colors, their first break with conformity. ("'Yellow for me,' said Mrs. Green. 'Green for me,' said Mrs. Brown.") First published in 1965 and out of print until recently, Leonard Kessler's Mr. Pine's Purple House
--a story of the triumph of individualism--has crept into the hearts of thousands of readers for decades. Simple but memorable line drawings (splashed with purple), large type, and airy design combine with a meaningful story to make this a perfect choice for early readers who one day will dare to be different. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In honor of the 40th anniversary of Mr. Pine's Purple House (1965) by Leonard Kessler, Purple House Press is reissuing this charming beginning reader with its confident black outlines and splashes of purple on generous backgrounds of white. Mr. Pine wants his house to stand out from all the rest, and readers get to discover just how he makes his home special. -- Publishers Weekly, January 30, 2006