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Harold and the Purple Crayon

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Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

From the back cover: "One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight."

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✒️ Author & illustrator

Author: Crockett Johnson

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Other books by Crockett Johnson

The author is also the illustrator.

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📂 Units, Activities, and Resources for Harold and the Purple Crayon

Why are we featuring this book?

Harold and the Purple Crayon is a book featured in Five in a Row, a literature-based unit study curriculum. Many families use FIAR for all but the grammar/reading and math, and others use it in conjunction with other resources. Above is information about the author and illustrator, story summaries, and links to lesson plans and websites that are great go-alongs for Harold and the Purple Crayon. Please note that these resources are meant to complement, not replace, the Five in a Row units. The Five in a Row volumes are inexpensive and well worth the investment.

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