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Harold's Fairy Tale (Further Adventures of with the Purple Crayon) Paperback – March 20, 1994

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First published in 1956, this picture book chronicles the further adventures of the puckish hero of Harold and the Purple Crayon. Ages 3-6.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"An ingenious and original little picture story in which a small boy out for a walk - happily with a crayon in his hand - draws himself some wonderful adventures."" -- The Horn Book "The fun lies in the unpredictable twist of plot which are sure to keep the onlooker in a state of surprise, anticipation and great good humor."" -- The New York Times "Harold is of again, this time to Mars. Very zany adventures of the very resourceful Harold."" -- Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Further Adventures of with the Purple Crayon
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reissue edition (March 20, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064433471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064433471
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
"One evening Harold got out of bed, took his purple crayon and the moon along, and went for a walk in an enchanted garden".

So begins this classic tale, which expands on numerous original elements first introduced in its also excellent predecessor, Harold and the Purple Crayon.

Harold exists in a world entirely defined by his imagination and the lines he draws with his purple crayon. These include a horizontal line - the horizon, the presence of which puts Harold on the ground, and the moon, placed in the sky, to differentiate what is up from down.

But there is a problem with the enchanted garden; "Nothing grew in it. If he hadn't known it was an enchanted garden, Harold would scarcely have called it a garden at all". To deal with the issue, the protagonist of the story decides to have a conversation with the king.

The action that subsequently unfolds has all the elements of a true heroic quest.

Harold draws a castle (because he knows that kings live in castles) but finds his entrance barred by a gate that has been shut. Ever resourceful, he draws a mouse that is larger than he is. As a result, Harold has been downsized and can freely enter via an adjacent mouse hole. And now comes one of my favorite lines, "He invited the mouse in too, but the mouse preferred to stay outside".

Realizing that as a pint sized person his audience with the king may be compromised, Harold sizes the stairs leading up to the throne room so that he is four and a half steps high - his usual height.

Our hero is called upon to utilize all his resourcefulness to deal with the witch that turns out to have caused the enchantment in the garden. And even after this has been accomplished, more adventure accompanies Harold on his journey back home.
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Impossible to beat the original "Harold and the Purple Crayon", this is certainly the next best thing. This story is appealing to a somewhat older child than the original story, as it is a bit more complex. It is better than "Trip to the Sky", which has an odd story line that children do not follow as well. The new books that go with the television series are weak in comparison to the books written by Crockett Johnson.
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Format: Paperback
You have to love Harold and his purple crayon! You never know where they are going to take you. In this adventure, he and his crayon meet a king who is sad because there are no flowers in his enchanted garden. Well, Harold finds the reason for this crime and takes care of it.
Well written and in such a nice rhythm. Your child will ask questions, think up scenarios, and wonder aloud at what will happen next.
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Great classic book for kids of all ages, especially those around age 1 year. Everyone knows Harold and the Purple Crayon! It's great for sparking a kiddo's imagination and inspiring them to do things. Love this collection of books!
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Crockett Johnson is such a genius... I didn't think there was any way he could rival the original "Harold and the Purple Crayon", but this is just as charming and imaginative. My 2.5 year old loves the Harold books. (Check out Harold's ABC book too... does not disappoint either!)
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Harold and his purple crayon captured my imagination when I was little, and I bought three titles in this series hoping it would do the same for my kids. I think at age 2 and 3.5 they're still a Little young for it, but they do enjoy listening. In this entry, Harold encounters enchanted gardens, kings, castles, witches, and giants - and yet still makes it back home in time for a good night's sleep. Simple and charming.
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THE PURPOSE OF THIS BOOK(AND MANY OTHERS) IS TO CREATE A LOVE OF READING IN MY GREAT GRANDAUGHTER,(AGE 2&1/2) A LOVE OF BOOKS AND READING. FOUR GENERATIONS ARE INVOLVED IN THE EFFORT:

I AM PURCHASING THE BOOKS, ALL FROM AMAZON SO FAR
MY DAUGHTER,A RETIRED TEACHER, IS THE LIBRARIAN, ARRANGING THE BOOKS,
CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED TO HER GRANDDAUGHTER'S MATURING AND READING SKILL LEVEL.
SHE DELIVERS THE BOOKS TO THE PARENTS (HER SON AND DAUGHTER IN LAW)
THE GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER IS READ TO BY HER PARENTS AND GRANDMOTHER WHICH SHE LOVES.
THE FIRST BOOK IS A HAROLD BOOK AND SHE IS STARTING TO RECOGNIZE WORDS.

HAROLD'S FAIRY TALE IS A WONDERFUL IST BOOK AND I HAVE PURCHASED TWO OTHERS
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Harold is the most creative children's character I've come across and our library is quite extensive. Hesitated to expand from the successful original publication but this story was not disappointing.
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