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Elizabeth Kennedy

A Favorite for 55+ Years

By May 10, 2013

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Harold and the Purple CrayonThe best children's books leave plenty of room for a child's own imagination to be a part of the story. In his classic children's picture book Harold and the Purple Crayon, author and illustrator Crockett Johnson did just that. What fun it is to see a little boy, Harold, create his own environment using a single purple crayon. It's not surprising that children 3 and older love the book and that is still in print more than 55 years after it was first published. Crocket Johnson also illustrated The Carrot Seed, another picture book that has become a classic, which was written by his wife, Ruth Krauss.

(Cover art courtesy of HarperCollins)

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