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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

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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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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 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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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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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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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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I'm so disappointed! The rate and review page stops the last pages of all my child's stories!

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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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Pictures?

One of the other reviews said that this book had the pictures from the book, that is not true. It only shows the front cover as it reads the story

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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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