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Lilly's purple plastic purse by Kevin Henkes

Lilly's purple plastic purse (original 1996; edition 1996)

by Kevin Henkes

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Title:Lilly's purple plastic purse
Authors:Kevin Henkes
Info:New York : Greenwillow Books, c1996.
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Tags:easy, education, learning experience, teachers

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

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There are several reasons I like "Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse." First, the characters were believable and well-developed. Lilly was just like any other elementary school student. Children would be able to relate to her emotions. Second, the illustrations enhanced the story. I loved how there were multiple pictures to a page, and how some of the writing was used within the illustrations. Finally, even though the plot was clear for young students it pushes readers to broaden their perspectives. Children could think about what they want to be when they grow up, and think about how they react to their own feelings. For example, “She thought and she thought and she thought some more. And then she became angry.” I think the big idea of this story is about understanding your feelings, compassion and forgiveness. ( )
  esiera1 | Apr 10, 2014 |
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse is one of my favorite Henkes books. This story is about Lilly who absolutely loves her teacher, Mr.Slinger. Over the weekend her grandma buys her a purple plastic purse that she wants to share with the class. Not abiding by the rules Mr.Slinger confiscates it and she makes some decisions she immediately regrets. This book is adorable. The message is very valuable for children to know their impulsive actions have consequences. ( )
  Imandayeh | Apr 4, 2014 |
Lilly can't contain her enthusiasm for her new purple plastic purse and its contents. Naturally, this gets her in trouble at school. ( )
  JennyArch | Mar 6, 2014 |
This was a cute book. Lilly absolutely loves her teacher and clearly really looks up to him. She was so sad when she got in trouble for being overly excited and disruptive about her new purse. But the book showed how these kinds of situations can be fixed. ( )
  TaraStraight | Mar 5, 2014 |
Lilly admired her teacher Mr. Slinger very much. He wore the coolest clothes and his classroom had a light bulb lab. Lilly loved Mr. Slinger so much she wanted to become a teacher. One day Grammy came home with a purple plastic purse filled with shinny quarters and a pair of movie star glasses. All day she bothered the class because she wanted to share her new things. Mr. Slinger took away her things and that day in the lab she drew a very mean picture, which she put, in his bag. Later Mr. Slinger gave her back the bag filled with a note and snacks. Lilly felt bad she wrote the mean note and started writing a nice note while her dad made some treats. The next day in school she apologized to Mr. Slinger and the whole class enjoyed the snacks. Her love for school returned and she wanted to be a teacher. This is, when she didn’t want to be anything else. ( )
  shanleegusman | Dec 2, 2013 |
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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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