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Mr. Pine's Purple House (Mr. Pine)

4.4  ·  Rating Details ·  239 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 61 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Purple House Press (first published 1965)
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Sep 18, 2008 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people with children, children's books
This was my favorite book as a child! Purple was my favorite color and of course this book was about purple! My mother gave me the book before she died (even though I wasn't yet a year-old) and I still have it. It is one of my most cherished belongings, but I've already ordered a copy to have on hand for my own one day. I can't wait to read it to my child and use the funny voices I use to use when I would read it aloud to myself! :)
Jan 03, 2017 Beckie rated it liked it
Be unique, be an individual, be you.
Becky Loader
Sep 19, 2016 Becky Loader rated it really liked it
Mr. Pine does not like living in a ticky-tacky, all-the-same neighborhood. He solves that, all right. I always wanted a purple house...just sayin'...
Jan 21, 2010 Sheri rated it really liked it
Shelves: demetrius
My childhood favorite, one of Demetrius' favorites... gee, I wonder why?
Purple has always been my favorite color, plus this book has such a great message about individuality. I'm not sure I got the message when I was younger, but the purple paint surely caught my interest and I was bound and determined to have a purple house of my own someday. So far I have settled for a purple couch.
Stan Paulsen
Sep 02, 2008 Stan Paulsen rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I read this book as a child and still remember its impact on me. This is one of only a few of my childhood books that I still own. A great book about individuality! Perhaps this explains why I'm so... different. =:) I don't have a generic house in a generic neighborhood that I've had to paint purple, but I do have a purple front door on my house!
Jun 21, 2010 Connie rated it really liked it
Mr. Pine has a problem. He can't tell his house from everybody else's.

So he tries one thing, and another, but people keep copying his good ideas! Finally he gets the idea to paint his house purple, and after a few mishaps he does - and starts a trend to paint houses all sorts of strange colors. But only one of them is purple :)

It's a cute story, though a little wordy for a read-aloud.
Nov 07, 2011 Charmaine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
This children's book should be manditory reading for all the developers out there would like building cookie-cutter houses.

Being different & unique is so much better than being exactly the same as everyone else.
Feb 23, 2014 David rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite book growing up. My mom read us a copy that she had got when she was a little girl. I was recently surprised to see that it was still in one piece. This is an excellent book for children. Short, colorful and not written like all kids are idiots like some children's books.
Cherlynn Womack
May 10, 2011 Cherlynn Womack rated it it was amazing
Mr. Leonard Kessler is an amazing author & illustrator for children. I loved his, Mr. Pine's Mixed Up Signs as a child & still have the book to this day. Even as an adult, I am collecting all of his books for when I have children one day.
Margaret Chind
May 16, 2012 Margaret Chind rated it really liked it
Recommended to Margaret by: Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten
I still am not a fan of how much this costs for such a book, but it's on the wishlist. It has good repetition and is interesting and fun. I also thinking looking at these images it might encourage young artists to try.
Jul 14, 2008 Weavre rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any child
Recommended to Weavre by: my mother
My childhood favorite, second only to Where the Wild Things Are ... once I branched beyond The Three Bears, anyway!

If you have a child and haven't read this book, scurry now to your nearest public library!
Feb 23, 2009 Natalie rated it it was ok
Mr. Pine keeps gettin' his ideas ripped off left and right. That would totally piss me off.

It seems that everyone else that read this book on GoodReads is rating it based on nostalgia. You know they have come up with way better books since 1965.
Ariella Cohen
Oct 18, 2016 Ariella Cohen rated it it was amazing
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book as a kid. Wonderful message about the dangers of conformity & seeking the approval of others that is as timely today as in 1965. This book should be required reading for every Congressman & Senator.
Apr 07, 2012 Tanya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I'm not entirely sure why they love this book so much, but it is true that my children do. Perhaps because it doesn't follow the typical formula of three things happen, then the denouement, then it is over. The denouement is a story in and of itself.
Jul 21, 2015 Hannah rated it really liked it
My siblings and I found this book at our grandma's house, and we read it many times. I still think of Mr. Pine when I see cookie-cutter houses in subdivisions!
Mar 29, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Another early reader classic. I've never met a kid that didn't LOVE reading this book...or an adult that didn't mind having it read and re-read to them. I'm a huge fan of all the Mr. Pine books.
Kara Laidig
Sep 29, 2016 Kara Laidig rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
This has to be one of my favorite books! not only does it have a good lesson about individuality, purple is the best color ever. There are some silly parts in the book too!
Sep 09, 2011 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, children
Another great book from my childhood. A wonderful story about a man who tries to establish his own unique identity on a street where everything is the same.
Mar 26, 2008 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
At the tender age of 6 or so, my little nonconformist heart was moved by this book. Mr. Pine is my hero!
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Feb 04, 2016 Corey rated it it was amazing
One of my absolute favorites as a kid
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