Harold and the Purple Crayon

Few parents and teachers have not heard of Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson.  But more than fifty years after it has been published, why do we still need to read it to our children?  My version has only two colours in the illustrations and simple text yet the classic story of a child making his own adventures and losing his way until finally he remembers what home is is essential to today’s children.

Simplicity.  Let children choose two or three colours and draw a picture of home, or the city, or whatever.  The point is how much can shown by keeping it simple.  Home.  Have students pick one visual that makes home home, and then write a paragraph or poem about it.  For Harold, it’s the moon, with the bedroom window around it.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at wendybooydegraaff.com or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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