“Harold and the Purple Crayon” and Grapey Grapes!

Reading Group: 5 – 8 years old

It’s been nearly 30 years since I first read this book and I still smile whenever I think about it.

"Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson

“Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson

Crockett Johnson’s “Harold and the Purple Crayon (1955) tells the story of an adorable little boy and his imagination. One evening—after thinking it over for some time—little Harold decides to go out for a moonlight stroll with his purple crayon.

When he sees there’s no moon in the sky for his moonlit stroll, he decides to draw one.

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Harold keeps walking, drawing anything and everything into his walk.

He decides to make a forest (but only with one tree so he doesn’t get lost)…

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…and a sail boat…

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Eventually he gets a little hungry. He draws a picnic lunch and, when he can’t finish his food, he draws some hungry friends so the food doesn’t go to waste.

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To go with “Harold and the Purple Crayon”, I searched for the most purple snack I could think of: frozen grape-dusted grapes!

Harold and the Purple Crayon’s Frozen Grapey Grapes

Hands down, frozen red grapes are one of my all-time favourite snacks. I buy a batch, wash them, and stick them in the freezer to snack on all day long. For this snack, I thought adding a little bit of sugar would be a sweet way to kick them up.

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What You’ll Need:

  • One bunch red grapes
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons grape Jell-O powder

Instructions:

  1. Place grapes in a large bowl and fill with water until covered. Soak the grapes for 20 minutes to thoroughly wash them. Rinse well. Spread the grapes on paper towels to let them dry.
  2. Remove grapes from their vines and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze grapes for a few hours until frozen.
  3. Place grapes in a large zip-top bag and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of grape Jell-O powder. Shake the bag until grapes are thoroughly covered. Serve in ramekins or small bowls.

Frozen grapes are also great for keeping a glass of juice nice and cool without watering it down.

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What do you think? Would Harold love these extra-purple grapes?

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