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Mr. Pine's Purple House Hardcover – October 1, 2005

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"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.

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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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Purple House Press; 40 edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930900325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930900325
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #914,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
When my children were young, I enjoyed reading this book to them because they responded with laughs and giggles. That was a long time ago, but they still talk about the book frequently when they get together. I think that's because it's a very good book to act out as you read it aloud.

Now, I've found another use for this light-hearted little book. I'm a retired theatre teacher, but I also teach literacy to adults. (You'd be surprised to learn how many American born adults cannot read even the simplest stories.) When I work with my students on stories outside of their workbooks, almost always the stories are about young children or cute little animals--an insult to a self-sufficient adult, who simply cannot read. The Mr. Pine stories are about an adult, who comes across as a very nice man, who has a job and a home. Nevertheless, the stories themselves, are at a level simple enough for a new learner. When my current student and I read it in "Duet Version" (He reads one page and I read the next,) he even laughed aloud at what was happening to poor Mr. Pine. I'd say that's a pretty special book that can inspire that level of enjoyment in a new reader. The other two books in the series ("Mr. Pines' Mixed-Up Signs" and "Mrs. Pine Takes a Trip") are also good for adult beginning readers.
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Format: Paperback
This story was my absolute favorite as a child. I only can wish that one day I will be able to share it with my kids. Not only do I wish to share this with my own children but also with the children I teach. I believe it is important to reinforce, as a role model, my love for reading, and what better way to do that through my own childhood memories. I am afraid I will never see that purple book again. We all have our favorite books, but this one was very special to me. It painted such wonderful color and creativity in my life. I do have other favorites, still published, but this was the cream of the crop for me, as they say it. I just now will know better, to keep all my childrens favorite things, because you never know when they may want to cherish it again, we only get one childhood and memories are usually our only link.
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Format: Hardcover
I am so excited that this book is back in print. I can't wait to purchase it for my son and daughter (3 & 1) as it was my favorite book as a child (I'm 38 now). I remember it so vividly as my mother would read it to me and my sisters. It's such an endearing story that my sisters and I tried to locate it many years ago and found that it was no longer in print. I'm emailing all 3 now to let them know it's available again. If you have never read it, you are missing one of life's simple pleasures; it's humorous, yet teaches an important lesson about self and others.
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Format: Hardcover
30 years later, this is the one children's book that stuck with me. Sure, I can remember books like the Cat in the Hat or Fox in Socks, but the only children's book that made a lifelong impact was Mr.Pine's Purple House. The book taught me the value of my own individuality, the beauty of my own creativity and even to perservere when misunderstood.
Now that I have my own children, I will enjoy reading it to them over and over and over!
Thank you Mr. Kessler for this beautiful book.
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Format: Hardcover
Review by Margie Elam.I am a retired teacher. Twenty three of the twenty nine years I taught were as a first grade teacher. I always started the first day of school with the reading of Mr.Pines Purple House. We always had a good time reading Mr.Pine. I have grandchildren now and wanted to share the book with them. I like books that do not limit the imagination of the child. We really could relate to Mr. Pine.
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Format: Paperback
I received this book as a present from my Grandmother in 1968 when I was three. I asked to have it read to me many, many times as a child; I am sure it played a big part in why I learned to love to read and why my favorite color has ALWAYS been PURPLE. I am really glad to see that there were other kids out there (adults now) who enjoyed that book as much as I did. (...)
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Format: Hardcover
This was one of my favorite books as a child. Now that I am 33 and have kids of my own, I bought it for them. My 5 year old loves it and I recently started reading it to my 2 year old and she has me read it almost every night before bed. I looked for other books by Kessler and was surprised to find there are 2 more Mr. Pine books out there. I just ordered those today. Hopefully my children will enjoy them as much as they have enjoyed this one. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that has little kids.
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This was one of my favorite books as a child. Whenever my husband and would go househunting, I would refer to the book. I often criticized new neighborhoods as having the "Mr. Pine's Purple House" problem. My hubby never understood. I was thrilled to find this book online and purchase it so I could share it with my husband and my own children! Great story!
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