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Harold and the Purple Crayon (Purple Crayon Books) Paperback – 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) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Harold's rich imaganation and creativity helps him overcome every obstacle that he encounters.Published 3 days ago by Justin J Gorman
My absolute favorite book as a child! Really gets the imagination flowing. Bought this copy for a friend's newborn and she is as thrilled with the story as I was so many years ago.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
A testament to the power of imagination and the enjoyment of both a good adventure, and the end of an adventure when you get home to your own bed. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Skye Kilaen
I have used this book in the past with toddlers, preschool and school age and love it because it moves right into an art project with the child's name and a purple crayon. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Barbara Spisak
it's one of my favorites. #1book. I love it !!!!!!! reading the book +loving the book =reading it 100 times
it's a great one.
This is a classic book, that I just purchased four my four year old. While it is a bit longer than some other board books it is chalked full of imaginative things that make my son... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Jeff Shipman
My daughter loved this book when she was little and now that she's a Mom, she has a copy for her son. These "HAROLD" books are a must have in every young child's library.Published 28 days ago by Lin G.