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Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

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

by Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)

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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
Tags:K-3, Easy, Fiction, Teachers

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


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Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse is one of Kevin Henke's most well known books of his mouse series. Lilly loves school, and especially her teacher, Mr. Slinger. Lilly loves everything about school and even wants to be a teacher when she grows up. Lilly had just gone shopping with her grandmother and she wanted to show off her new purse at school. When she got to school, Mr. Slinger told her to wait to share her new purchases. Lilly couldn't wait and she interrupted the whole class. Mr. Slinger wasn't happy and took Lilly's purse to his desk. Lilly was upset and drew a mean picture of Mr. Slinger and put it in his bag. At the end of the day Lilly got her purse back, and inside Mr. Slinger had left a nice note and a bag of snacks. Lilly felt terrible about the note she left and decided to write an apology. The next day Lilly and Mr. Slinger worked out their differences and everyone was happy. This is a story about not jumping to conclusions. Lilly was upset and made a quick decision to be me mean to Mr. Slinger, but then she realized that she made a mistake. I think children can learn a lot from this story about waiting their turn and being patient. ( )
  EmilyDrennan | Apr 27, 2015 |
I enjoyed the story “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” by Kevin Henkes because of the descriptive language, and colorful images. Throughout the story Henkes uses descriptions to highlight how much Lilly loved school. Henkes writes “Lilly loved school, she loved the pointy pencils, the squeaky chalk, and she loved the way her boots went clickety-clickety-click down the long shiny hallways”, as well as her admiration for her teacher Mr. Slinger and how far she went to get his attention including “standing in line for the bus when Mr. Slinger was on bus duty, even though she didn’t ride the bus”. The vivid images throughout the book greatly enhance the story as it captures the scene and the feelings, and expressions of the characters. This is important because it allows emerging or non-readers to understand the story without the words. The overall message of this story is that even our role models can get upset, but that doesn’t make them less of a role model, it makes them human. Another important message in this story is that everyone has bad days and makes mistakes, simply apologize and try harder the next day. ( )
  Mchapp1 | Apr 3, 2015 |
I can see where some parents might use this for teaching, but I did not care for it.
  librisissimo | Mar 29, 2015 |
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 |
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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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