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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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?
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