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Publisher's Summary

As Harold draws his way in and out of adventure, children become fascinated by the wondrous magic of the purple crayon.
©1983 Ruth Krauss (P)1962 Weston Woods

What listeners say about Harold & the Purple Crayon

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I love the images that play with the audio!

We've been slowly going through and buying the audible books from the With Synchronized Images category and have found that some are mis-categorized and don't have images. This one DOES have the original illustrations and we just love it! This was one of my favorite books as a child and I love that I can share it with my kid - with fun and engaging music! I hope that in the future we can see the text, with highlights, to read along as some kids' apps have started offering.

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Great story but

Great story but the background music was such a distraction. My 4 yr old son like the story and kept saying to turn off the noisy music.

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Great Little Book

This book even has pictures on the audio book. I think all children's books should have that option. Highly recommend for preschool age.

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YES -- Pictures in the Audible App!

We recently discovered these kids audible books that have the illustrations in a slideshow as they listen to the stories on their fire tablets in the app. My boys (5-11) are all LOVING discovering their favorite stories over again with Audible! These are a STEAL!

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Wasn't this supposed to be optional?

Loved the illustration along with the audio of a children's classic. Yoga Vasistha for children!

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Harold is a huge hit!

THIS IS AN EDITED REVIEW. This item has lost two stars overall. We have lots* of children's audiobooks. Of perhaps 100, Harold WAS #1 with our 6, 3 and 2 year old granddaughters. I don't know why, but it edged out Strega Nona and Where The Wild Things Are. I had recommend this at the top of the list. (*way too many as with all our Audiobooks)

HOWEVER, the slideshow-style pictures no longer work in the app. Frankly, this is really an Audible problem and I hate to lay the blame on the audiobook producers. But the past joy of this book has transformed into huge frustration because the kids want to see the pictures.

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Such a fun childhood book

We love this story, and it is so fun to be able to listen to the audiobook version. We have enjoyed it in the car, during quiet time at home, and while we are out waiting for an appointment. It has been a favorite since around 1 1/2 and still going strong at 4!

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HAROLD NEEDED A MOON

A SMALL FOREST WITH ONE TREE IN IT.

When it comes to showing imagination, I don't think you can outdo a small kid drawing whatever world he wants. I don't know how my grandkids will like it, but I loved it. What a great way to start creative thinking. I will probably play this before doing something creative with my grandkids.

I gave the performance five stars, but I agree that the music can be a little much. It is not enough to detract from the story though, but better music or no music could have been used.

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Sweet and Fun

What an adorable story! I should have had a purple crayon when I was Harold's age. Heck! I need one now!

Parents this is a clever little story your young ones would love

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Page turning cues?

This book is among the all time best children’s books and stands the test of time. I’m confused tho- this one has picture cues which is great! But how do you know if a title has either pics or page turning cues???