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Harold's ABC: 08/28/10

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In tHarold's ABC, Harold can't sleep and he goes on a nighttime walk with his trusty purple crayon. As he walks he works his way through the alphabet from A to Z.

As his journey progresses his creativity gets the best of him. Soon he finds himself lost and eventually he's on the moon. Thankfully some quick thinking and one last bit of creativity will see him home and in bed sound a sleep.

As a child I liked seeing how Harold's night time world grew out of the letters of the alphabet. The page that sticks with me most is the city filled with skyscrapers, all made with E shaped windows.

Now that Harriet's a little older, she has also discovered the Harold books. She likes to see how he builds things from the letters. Sometimes I can hear her giving a running commentary of what Harold is doing. It's cute to listen to.

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Comment #1: Sunday, August, 29, 2010 at 13:40:33

Wisteria Leigh

My kindergarten kids love Harold. I have a video adaptation that I also show's cute.

Comment #2: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 21:22:34


I've seen some of the Harold cartoons. They're cute. The Harold books will always be special to me.

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