Books and Activities
Harold and the Purple Crayon
by Crockett Johnson
One evening Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight. But there wasn’t any moon, and Harold needed a moon for a walk in the moonlight. Fortunately, he had bought his purple crayon. So he drew a moon. He also needed something to walk on, so he drew a path… And thus begins one of the most enchanting and imaginative adventures in all of children’s books.
- Get a purple crayon and paper. Draw as many things as you can remember that Harold drew. Look back in the book if you need to.
- Harold drew an apple tree. What kind of tree would you draw? Harold drew a sailboat. What kind of boat would you draw? Harold drew nine kinds of pie. What kind of pies would you draw? Harold drew a moose and a porcupine to eat the leftovers. What kind of animals would you draw? When Harold was falling from the mountain, he drew a balloon. What would you draw to catch you. When Harold was lost, he drew a policeman. Who would you draw?