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Originally published in 1959 and out of print for two decades, this collection of very short stories chronicles Ellen's relationship- complete with two-way conversations-with her floppy stuffed lion. Ellen's temperament is a bit like Christopher Robin's (though her appearance is a clone of Harold, from Harold and the Purple Crayon fame), but her lion is a no-nonsense, tougher-minded Pooh, with the voice of reason and reality to counter Ellen's high-flying imagination. The stories range from fear of the dark and being sad to playing doctor, being a fairy princess, and dealing with a new toy that almost replaces lion.Parents will find the subtly droll stories as entertaining as children, and a child who reads chapter books will find especially rewarding.From the Hardcover edition.
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 brought his purple crayon. So he drew a moon. He also needed something to walk on. So he drew a path...
"Elevators take people up and down in big buildings, but Harold didn't like them. They made his stomach feel funny. He went up, over a hundred stories, in his own way. At the very top Harold was surprised to see something higher than he was." This is a thoroughly delightful alphabet book. It was only the next letter of the alphabet, flying from the roof. F is for Flag.
"One moonlit evening, mainly to prove to himself he could do it, Harold went for a walk on a tightrope. He made sure the rope was drawn tight and straight, so it wouldn't sway. He skipped lightly across it, finding it fun to be a tightrope walker, high up over the rest of the circus. He stayed up on the rope with the greatest of ease, until he lost his balance. It also is easy to fall off a tightrope. Harold fell, twisting and turning, with his purple crayon tight in his hand. By a stroke of luck, a comfortable-looking curve appeared beneath him. And he landed on ..." "An Astounding Colossal, Purple Crayon Event!" Charming and fun.
With his magic purple crayon, Harold draws himself into a rocket voyage to Mars, then safely back to earth just in time for breakfast.
Stepping into the picture he has drawn with his purple crayon, Harold continues drawing his way through various adventures.
Harold needs a picture for his bedroom wall. So he takes his purple crayon and begins to create a whole new world around him. But then he notices he has gotten very small-half the size of a daisy! Only a very clever artist can find his way home now.
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