Harold and his purple crayon are back with a new adventure – the circus. Come along as Harold performs circus acts from bravest lion tamer to trapeze artist to tightrope walker to human cannonball.
Oops! What will Harold draw to save himself as he tumbles through air?
This story promotes creativity, imagination, discovery and humor.
TITLE: Harold’s Circus
AUTHOR: Crockett Johnson
ILLUSTRATOR: Crockett Johnson
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Publishers 1987, 1959
AGE GROUP: 4-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, imagination
1) What do you think would happen to the story if Harold used a color other than purple? Whey do you think Crockett Johnson chose to use a purple crayon?
2) If you were a circus performer, which act would you perform and why?
3) Spend some time researching different circus acts. What is it about these acts that draw an audience’s attention? Invent a new circus act.
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