The classic book, Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson, is the be-all, end-all of an imagination story.
Dress-up, costumes, imagination, making a world around you out of props -- or thin air. That's what Harold and his crayon do, and it's what your own kiddos do in their lushly imaginative minds, all day, every day.
Today, some wise words from Harold, who could imagine his way out of any bind at all, provided:
"But, luckily, he kept his wits and his purple crayon."
Few of us today have heard of the Indiana poet and writer of "juvenile fiction" Evaleen Stein (1863-1923). But we can all appreciate her poem "Wild Beasts." Those very beasts live at our house, and they do roar and growl so very loudly when their... read more