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Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
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Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse (original 1996; edition 1996)

by Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)

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Member:LauraMcQueen
Title:Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
Authors:Kevin Henkes
Other authors:Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
Info:Greenwillow Books (1996), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:easy, teachers, patience

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Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes (1996)

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Lily's Purple Plastic Purse is a great book about making snap judgments. Lily gets a new purse and takes it into school. When the teacher takes it away during class, she writes this terrible note about how the teacher is a mean thief. She gets it back at the end of the day and feels bad that she made the decision to write the note out of anger. It's a good way to tell children that making snap decisions out of extreme anger or sadness or even happiness can lead to negative consequences. ( )
  hphipp2 | Dec 11, 2014 |
I liked this book because it was cute and fun to read. The language was clear, and the writing flowed really well. The character Lilly was easily relatable and developed fully. The story is from her point of view, and is illustrated really well. The drawings are detailed and colorful to engage the reader fully in the little mouse's adventures.The overarching message is one of forgiveness, and apologies. ( )
  tburfe1 | Dec 2, 2014 |
Realistic Fiction children's book
Lilly is a mouse who portrays a little girl. Her character represents a human dealing with choices such as dressing herself and growing up. She can become frustrated one minute and excitable the next.
  mollybeaver | Dec 1, 2014 |
This was one of my most favorite books as a child! I love Kevin Henkes and all of his books with the mice characters. They are so creative and the stories are always so fun and artistic. I love how Henkes uses mice instead of humans, because I lover seeing the way they are illustrated and how they are portrayed in the book. This particular book was about a girl named Lilly who loved school, and loved her teacher Mr, Slinger. One day she got a purple plastic purse, filled with new gifts from her parents and wanted to show them to her whole class. But she was being disruptive so Mr. Slinger had to take away all of her belongings until the end of the day. Lilly didn't liked this and wrote him a very mean note- but once Lilly got her purse back there was a nice note from her teacher along with a bag of her favorite snacks! She felt horrible and apologized the next day and brought snacks to her class. I thought this was a very great story for children to read because it's realistic. There are times when students are disruptive in class and have to be taught a lesson that they don't agree with. This story teaches children that it's not good to act on your harsh feelings immediately- you must think things through. Overall, I loved this book because of not only the story, but because every page has a different scene or illustration on it. It was very colorful and fun- I would recommend his books to anyone! ( )
  lgrube4 | Nov 10, 2014 |
Summary: Lilly is so excited to show her classmates the gifts her grandmother gave her: sparkly sunglasses, three shiny quarters, and a purple plastic purse that plays music when it's opened. But when Lilly can't contain herself and wait until show-and-tell, Lilly's teacher takes her things to keep them in her desk for the day. Lilly is so upset that she makes a mean note and drawing about her teacher, and slips it into his bag. When she gets her things back at the end of the day, she finds a bag of snacks and a note from her teacher inside of her bag that says that she had a rough day, but tomorrow would be better. Lilly feels awful, and she makes it up to her teacher the next day with a nice apologetic note and drawing, and some homemade cheese snacks. Then she finally gets to share her things with the class during show-and-tell, and everyone loves them, including her teacher.

Review: A great book about handling emotions. The story is very cute, and you can't help but love Lilly; she's such a fun character, and everyone can relate to how she is feeling throughout the book. I love how Kevin Henkes's illustrations are full of fun little details that add to the story, yet are still simple enough so that they do not overwhelm young children. A cute and original story, with a message for readers that is not preachy. All in all, a wonderful book.

Central Idea of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse: Always take a moment to think before you act, especially when you're upset, so that you don't do something that you will regret. ( )
  jlampr1 | Oct 29, 2014 |
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The irrepressible mouse heroine of Chester's Way and Julius, the Baby of the World returns for another true-to-life and very funny episode. Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, Mr. Slinger--until he takes away her musical purse because she can't stop playing with it in class. Lilly decides to get revenge with a nasty drawing of "Big Fat Mean Mr. Stealing Teacher!" but when she finds the kind note he put in her purse, she's filled with remorse and has to find a way to make things right again. Children will sympathize with Lilly's impulsive mistake and laugh uproariously at the witty and expressive pictures of the very human mice. In a starred review, Publisher's Weekly called this book "sympathetic and wise." (Ages 4 to 8)

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Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later.

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