Sunday, September 19, 2021
Sept. 19, 2021

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Check It Out: Pleasing purple, pink picture books


The journey through colorful children’s material continues this week with two colors — pink and purple! My original plan was to have a separate column for each color, but I was surprised that I couldn’t find more picture books with “purple” in the title. Actually, it’s all good because pink and purple belong together, don’t you agree? Such happy colors deserve to be partners, so without further ado, let me introduce you to positively pleasing pink and perfectly plummy purple picture books.

Is it a coincidence that two of the most popular children’s books include purple objects? I think not; after all, purple has no flaws. Well, I might be a little biased because purple happens to be one of my favorite colors. It’s certainly Harold’s and Lilly’s favorite color as evidenced in the charming picture books “Harold and the Purple Crayon” and “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.”

The other two purple-themed titles in today’s list offer a different take on the color associated with grapes and eggplants. In “The Purple Puffy Coat” Stickbug is celebrating a birthday and Beetle decides that a purple puffy coat is the perfect birthday present for his insect friend. But is it? Stickbug certainly sticks out in his brand-new coat, so the question is, does the coat make Stickbug happy? The color purple also comes under question in “Purple Little Bird.” The story is about a purple bird, and one thing is for sure — he can’t change his color. But the purple doesn’t stop there. He lives in a purple house and has a purple garden. Is it possible to have too much purple? As he visits friends of different colors, he’ll discover that even favorite things are sometimes most appreciated in moderation.

And then there’s pink. Yes, I was one of those little girls who loved pink so much that I begged my parents for a pink bedroom. For Christmas one year, I received a 3-foot-tall stuffed Pink Panther, and he lived in my room for many years. This is why I had to include the DVD “The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection” in this list. Pink Panther’s antics are always worth a giggle.

For more pinkalicious reads get ready to have fun with “The Pink Book” about a little girl who helps young readers spot different shades of pink in the world around her. Next on the list is “The Pink Hat.” This story shares the journey of a pink hat after it is snatched from a basket by a mischievous kitten. Finally, there’s “Twinkle Thinks Pink.” Twinkle is a little fairy who happens to love pink. When she gets invited to Fairy Godmother’s garden party, she can’t find her favorite color in the garden, so what does she do? Check out this picture book to find out how good intentions can sometimes go awry. Don’t worry — this tale has a happy ending.

  • “Harold and the Purple Crayon” written and illustrated by Crockett Johnson.
  • “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes.
  • “The Pink Book” written by Diane Muldrow, illustrated by Mike Yamada.
  • “The Pink Hat” written and illustrated by Andrew Joyner.
  • “The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection, Volume 1” [DVD] directed by Friz Freleng.
  • “Purple Little Bird” written and illustrated by Greg Foley.
  • “The Purple Puffy Coat” written by Maribeth Boelts, illustrated by Daniel Duncan.
  • “Twinkle Thinks Pink” written by Katharine Holabird, illustrated by Sarah Warburton.