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Harold at the North Pole: A Christmas Journey With the Purple Crayon (1957)

by Crockett Johnson

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I enjoyed Harold at the North Pole. This is a very cute book about the holidays. Harold at the North Pole is a part of the Harold and the Purple Crayon books. This story is about Harold on Christmas eve, he needs a Christmas tree but ends up drawing the whole north pole. I really enjoyed the drawings in this book, as Harold continues to draw the pictures in the book grow as well. This would be useful in a class room because the students could make up and draw their own story just like Harold. The story line is very simple and would be a good read for a beginner/intermediate reader. There are some harder words, such as spirited, harnessed, difficulty, and comfortable. I believe that this book as a good meaning to it. It goes into the students imagination. ( )
  MeganSiebeneichen | Sep 21, 2016 |
We have always enjoyed the creativity of the Harold books and this one was cute and fun as part of our Christmas advent books. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 18, 2015 |
Having drawn himself into and out of a number of adventures with his magical purple crayon, toddler Harold sets out to find a Christmas tree in this fourth picture-book chronicling his imaginative play. Heading north into blankness, Harold draw a snowstorm and then a snowman, eventually finding himself at the North Pole, where he encounters (by drawing) Santa himself! Helping Santa out of his snowbound workshop, Harold rushes back home in order to set up his tree, and await Santa's coming...

Originally published in 1958, Harold at the North Pole is the fourth of Crockett Johnson's series of picture-books about a young boy and his extraordinary imaginative adventures, all drawn into existence by the boy himself. I enjoyed this holiday tale, and continue to feel that Johnson really captures the power of a child's creative process, both as an artist and storyteller, with his Harold books. So many of my own fondest memories, when it comes to my childhood play, center around the make-believe country I invented, complete with its own language - I created my own writing system for it, but have sadly lost all of my records of it - history and culture. It's good to be reminded that all a child truly needs, in order to inhabit magical worlds, is a strong imagination! ( )
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It was Christmas Eve, and Harold had to have a Christmas tree before Santa Claus arrived.
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There's nothing Harold can't create with his purple crayon--and that's just why children have loved his magical world for decades. Crockett Johnson wrote several other books about Harold after the original Harold and the Purple Crayon in 1955, each one tracing different themes--from Harold at the circus to Harold on Mars. This time the imaginative young artist takes his purple crayon on a search for a Christmas tree. He finds himself at the North Pole just in time to help Santa who is snowed in with his reindeer, his sleigh, and all the toys. Harold's purple crayon to the rescue! He draws his own solutions, solving both Santa's problem and his own. This would be a dandy Christmas gift wrapped up with a big pad of paper... and a purple crayon, of course. (Ages 3 to 6) --Marcie Bovetz

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With the aid of his purple crayon, Harold goes to the North Pole to get Santa ready for his journey.

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