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Harold and the Purple Crayon Book
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson is special to me, because it's one of the first books Smarty read completely independently. She was 3 and a half then. I brought the book home from the library, Smarty grabbed it, hugged her favorite kitty toy, settled herself at the table and proceeded to read it aloud. Shall we just say that she never stopped since.
The story itself is simple, but the power of the story is in the illustrations that unfold as a young main character of the story creates his own world around him. It's hard to believe that Harold would be a grandfather by now, since the book was first published in 1955. Books like Harold and the Purple Crayon age gracefully and continue to delight new readers of every generation.
Extension Activities for Harold and the Purple Crayon
Of course, I envisioned Smarty drawing her own Harold adventure, but she is not really artistically inclined on any day and was really not in the mood on that day. She, however, told me the story to accompany her scribbles,Once upon a time there was a boy named Gavin. He went for a long walk without his mama and papa, and then he got lost. He was looking for the moon, but he couldn’t remember his window. It was very sad. The end. In other words, Smarty did not perceive the story as an exciting adventure, she actually thought of it as a rather unpleasant experience of being on one's own - something that she was not quite ready for. Perhaps, she would have had more fun with the story extensions if we had tried one (or more) of these activities:
- Play dough made with real crayons from Sugar Aunts
- Yarn art inspired by Harold and the Purple Crayon from Buggy and Buddy
- Giant Harold and the Purple Crayon mural from Homegrown Friends
- Purple Lavender Crayon Soaps from Frogs, Snails, and Puppydog Tails
- Harold and Purple Crayon dry erase activity from Mama, Papa, Bubba
Have you read Harold and the Purple Crayon to your kids and did they enjoy it?
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