Harold and the big purple crayon

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harold and the big purple crayon

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight. So begins this gentle story that shows just how far your imagination can take you. Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of beauty and excitement. But this is no hare-brained, impulsive flight of fantasy. Cherubic, round-headed Harold conducts his adventure with the utmost prudence, letting his imagination run free, but keeping his wits about him all the while. He takes the necessary purple-crayon precautions: drawing landmarks to ensure he wont get lost; sketching a boat when he finds himself in deep water; and creating a purple pie picnic when he feels the first pangs of hunger.
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Published 12.01.2019

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Round 2 of the Preschool Book Club was the perfect opportunity! One of my favorite aspects of the book is how Johnson makes the reader feel like you are jumping right into the each scene with the boy and his purple crayon. Come jump in with us! Begin by taping large pieces of white butcher paper to the wall. I made mine about 8 feet long and used two pieces to make the mural approximately 5 feet high. I used these objects as a drawing prompt on our mural. Do WE get to draw on it?

Harold took a walk in the moonlight. He drew a straight path to walk on. Harold walked with his big purple crayon. Then, he took a shortcut across a field. He entered a forest. To protect the apples, Harold drew a dragon beneath the tree. The dragon looked so frightening that Harold was scared himself.

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This book, beloved of myself from the moment I was given it aged four and much loved by my children, is relatively unknown in the UK, and undeservedly so. On a superficial level it is a lovely simple picture book with bold line-drawings that jump off the page, telling the reader about a sweet baby hero and the adventures he gets into. On the other hand, Harold And His Big Purple Crayon serves as metaphor for childhood and for growing up, dealing as it does with so many childhood challenges and fears. Harold has to manage himself with regard to the way night-time separates him from his parents; his subsequent travels away from the safety of his bed and the fact that he has to problem-solve without their assistance. As the character explores what is imagination and what is reality, the process of artistic creation is laid bare. What does it mean to be real and how does something become real? For children, living lives of magical realism where the boundaries are blurred between reality and what feels like it, this is an ever shifting concept.


  1. Sam F. says:

    Harold and the Purple Crayon is a children's book by Crockett Johnson. This is Johnson's . "Exclusive: Harold and the Purple Crayon Headed to the Big Screen". Pajiba. Retrieved August 13, ^ "Twitter". December 7,

  2. Tina F. says:

    Harold and the Purple Crayon (Purple Crayon Books) [Crockett Johnson] on inti-revista.org *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. From beloved children's book.

  3. Conthirohe1970 says:

    In a world represented by a blank page, Harold is free to draw his surroundings with his big purple crayon. Is Harold making-believe? Is that different from what.

  4. Thibaut V. says:

    Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

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