That Astounding Purple Crayon Book
Why I Love This Book
This is one of the most charming books for the imagination and for future artists. It's all about a boy, Harold, who goes for a walk and he takes his purple crayon. Since he doesn't want to get lost he draws a line that he will be able to follow home. He draws a moon in the sky and all is well for a while. Then things happen and he gets lost. He falls in the water and draws himself a boat, then draws a sail and makes it to the other side. He gets tired and wants to go home so he draws a house with windows like his but these aren't his windows. So he draws a city of windows but none are his window. It's really cute and clever how he finds his window in the end.
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What's Not to Love?
I think the thing that made me love this book is the fact that your imagination and some drawing could take you away to magical places. As an artist, I want to believe that what I create changes things, makes people happy or sad, enlightens or educates, uplifts and inspires. Harold's purple crayon does that. What he draws is real to him, just as the art I create is real to me. In the end, whether Harold's creations are a dream or reality, doesn't matter. They are his creations.
This book has some great moral lessons as well: things like never give up, think fast, keep a back-up plan or a purple crayon with you. Who wouldn't be charmed by this clever little boy and his purple crayon? It's a must-have for any children's library.
A charming reading
This is such a charming reading of the book Harold and The Purple Crayon. Love it. Harold is any child with imagination. Is it imagination that we have lost in the last few decades? To get it back read to your children. This book is a good place to start.
“All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow.”
— --Grant Wood
More Great Books For Your Children's Library
I love the story of Ferdinand the Bull because it simply shows us that just because someone is big, he doesn't have to be mean and scary. This premise is further expounded upon in the recent movie Blind Side with Sandra Bullock. It's a lovely movie about a very large teenage young man who was expected to play football just because of his size, but he would rather be sitting and smelling the flowers like Ferdinand the Bull. We have a bad habit of sizing someone up on mere looks and making snap judgments of the cover of a book when the inside has a completely different story going on.
Where the Wild Things Are
This is another very exceptional book for children that is creative and telling. In the beginning, the artwork is small and could easily fit in one corner of one page. It is as if the boys real life is small but as he begins dreaming, imagining himself to be running away to where the wild things are, his pages and colors and artwork grows until the imaginings fill both pages for 4 pages in a row. Then he gets hungry and tired and leaves where the wild things are and his art again begins to shrink, as he sets sail for home and his room until he again is filling only a corner of the page and his dinner is ready. To me, that means that our imagined life is larger and fuller than real life. And isn't that the way a child's imagination should be?
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What's your Color?
Purple is an interesting choice for this story. Purple is the last color in the spectrum, right before invisible light or ultraviolet light. Because of this, it is considered a very ethereal color, somewhat spiritual and otherworldly. Painters often use it for shadows in paintings rather than use black, which is a harsh, hard muddy color. Because purple is so ethereal, it has a sort of invisible quality to it. If you wear purple you will not stand out; rather you will blend into the background very often. Purple is also considered a royal color, but that shade of purple is usually more toward the blue side. I personally love purple and wear it often. I’d rather not stand out or make a huge splash. Many shy people prefer purple to any other color to wear.
So why not choose red for the color of the story crayon? Red is bold and adventurous, a risk-taking color. Red is passionate and hot, ready to be on the move. I think purple was the perfect choice for the story because it is less adventurous but more imaginative of the colors. Something to think about.
What color would you choose to take an adventure?
“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.”
— --Chinese Proverb