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Mr. Pine's Purple House [Hardcover]

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Item description for Mr. Pine's Purple House by Leonard Kessler...

Mr. Pine lived on Vine Street in a little white house. "A white house is fine," said Mr. Pine, "but there are FIFTY white houses all in a line on Vine Street. How can I tell which house is mine?"

Mr. Pine had a big problem. But he solved that problem in his own special way. Mr. Pine's Purple House, first published in 1965, was a favorite children's book for many years. When it went out of print fans requested the return of the intrepid Mr. Pine. Well, Mr. Pine is back again, with his dog and his cat, his brushes and ladders, and lots of purple paint!

40th Anniversary Edition

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"Mr. Pine lived on Vine Street in a little white house." That's all fine and dandy, but there are 50 white houses on Vine Street, all in a line, and Mr. Pine can't tell which one is his! To distinguish his own abode, he decides to plant a little pine tree in front, but his neighbors like that idea so much, they do it, too. Even when he plants a bush next to his tree, everyone follows suit. Finally, Mr. Pine paints his house purple--and to his delight, no one else wants a purple house. His neighbors are inspired, however, to paint their own houses all different colors, their first break with conformity. ("'Yellow for me,' said Mrs. Green. 'Green for me,' said Mrs. Brown.") First published in 1965 and out of print until recently, Leonard Kessler's Mr. Pine's Purple House--a story of the triumph of individualism--has crept into the hearts of thousands of readers for decades. Simple but memorable line drawings (splashed with purple), large type, and airy design combine with a meaningful story to make this a perfect choice for early readers who one day will dare to be different. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson

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Item Specifications...

Pages   64
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.74 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 15, 2005
Publisher   Purple House Press
ISBN  1930900325  
ISBN13  9781930900325  

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
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Purple with nostalgia  Sep 20, 2008
I was speechless when I learned that Mr. Pine's Purple House was reprinted. The old copy from 30 years ago has been lost for at least the last 20 years. I have searched before and couldn't find it. This book is a wonderful easy to read book perfect for parents to read to children and for emerging readers to learn to read. How special it is to spend time cuddling with my daughter reading it like I did with my parents sooo many years ago. I'm thrilled to be reviving the tradition.
Childhood  Jan 18, 2008
This was my favorite book when I was a child so I bought it to share with my children. They love the repitition and simple concepts.
41 years ago..  Dec 21, 2007
As a 6 year old, I received this book from my 9 year old sister as a present a birthday party. When I told every how much I "hated books and hated to read" she burst into tears. I spent the next year reading Mr. Pine's Purple house every day to prove to her how much I loved it...and I did. I recently purchase it for her 50th birthday and we all had a good laugh (and of course I read it again!) I love Mr. Pine and his thoughtful attempts to be different.
The lessons of life and learning how to read are ones that all children should learn  Sep 13, 2007
This is one of the best children's books ever written. While the drawings were created using a minimal number of colors, (purple, black and white) they are more than adequate to demonstrate what is happening in the story. This is in fact a plus, because the purpose of the book is to encourage reading and elaborate illustrations will distract from that goal.
Mr. Pine lives on a street where all the houses look alike, so he wants his to be distinctive. His first and second attempts are to plant a pine tree and bush respectively. However, the neighbors are so impressed with his improvements that they do the same things, so all the houses once again look alike. After some deep thought, Mr. Pine decides to paint his house purple. After a couple of mishaps involving an errant baseball and an even more errant dog and a cat, he manages to finish the job.
The result raises the eyebrows of the neighbors, (Mrs. Gray, Mrs. Green, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. White and Mr. Gold) and they decide to paint their houses as well. Mr. Pine is distraught, thinking that they will all also paint their houses purple. Fortunately, each of them has decided to paint their house a non-purple color that is different from their name. At the end, Mr. Pine still has the only purple house on the street.
A delightful tale about being the value of being distinctive, the lessons of life and learning how to read are ones that all children should learn.

One of our favorite stories....  Jun 27, 2007
We have had this book for our children and now are buying it for our is a keeper.....

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