Mr. Pine’s Purple Housestory and pictures by Leonard Kessler
50th Anniversary Edition. 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, has been a favorite children’s book for generations and fifty years later the intrepid Mr. Pine is still entertaining girls and boys. Come meet Mr. Pine, his dog and his cat, and read of his hilarious antics with brushes and ladders, and lots of purple paint!
For readers who will grow up and dare to be different!
Publishers Weekly January 30, 2006: In honor of the 40th anniversary of Mr. Pine’s Purple House (1965) by Leonard Kessler, Purple House Press is reissuing this charming beginning reader with its confident black outlines and splashes of purple on generous backgrounds of white. Mr. Pine wants his house to stand out from all the rest, and readers get to discover just how he makes his home special.
Some Mr. Pine trivia:
Mr. Saul Dash was a friend of the Kesslers, and he really owned a paint store!
On page 32, Mr. Pine’s truck has the Kessler’s old phone number on the side. If only we’d known back in 1965! I must mention that we did change this page in honor of Mr. Pine’s 40th Anniversary, what could this mean…?