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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:week 1, Easy read, Teachers

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


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Lilly loves everything about school, especially her cool teacher, Mr. Slinger. But when Lilly brings her purple plastic purse and its treasures to school and can't wait until sharing time, Mr. Slinger confiscates her prized possessions. Lilly's fury leads to revenge and then to remorse.
  Jennifer LeGault | Oct 17, 2016 |
Lilly loves school and he teacher, Mr. Slinger. He was an awesome teacher; he wore a different colored tie every day and even provided the best snacks. Lilly liked her teach so much that she pretended to be him at home. At school, she would go to the Lightbulb Lab in the back of her classroom to draw pictures and stories about him. One day, Lilly brought a purple purse that played music when opened, sunglasses, and three quarters to school. She could not contain her excitement at school to show the whole class. However, she did it at the wrong time and Mr. Slinger took them from her for the entire day. Lilly got so mad and frustrated that she went to the Lightbulb Lab and drew a mean picture of her teacher. When she got her belongings back, there was a note inside that read, "Today was a difficult day. Tomorrow will be better." Lilly felt so awful about what she had done that she wrote a nice story about him and even got her parents to make some tasty snacks for her class. When she returned to school, she did have a better day. Lilly learns to do the right thing and apologizes to her teacher. ( )
  Sierra.Coupel | Oct 13, 2016 |
This is a cute and funny story about a very bold little mouse girl, who loves her teacher and her purple plastic purse. However, once her teacher sees her causing a distraction with her new purse, he takes it away from her. This story is relatable to anyone who has ever had their teacher take something of their's until the end of the day, be it a new toy or cool eraser. I enjoyed the part where she wrote her teacher a very sassy message about how unhappy she was with him. I really liked the realistic messages and doodles that Henkes' had Lilly write. I could picture a real little girl reacting the same way to someone taking away their precious purse. The message of this story is that sometimes student's need to given consequences in order to learn from their mistakes. I'm sure Lilly will never make the mistake of bringing her purple plastic purse to school again! ( )
  mdinar2 | Oct 6, 2016 |
I really liked this book because the writing was engaging and funny and kept the reader interested in the story. The story was very detailed and descriptive of Lilly's excitement and attitude towards things like school, her teacher, and her purple purse. I also liked this story because it was told through Lilly's point of view which made it interesting to see how her feelings and attitude changes throughout the story. She goes from loving to hating to loving her teacher Mr. Slinger and through her point of view its easy to understand her feelings throughout the story. I think the main idea of this story is to show children that you need to be patient and think through your decisions before you make them. ( )
  shax1 | Oct 6, 2016 |
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse was such a great book that is so relatable to students. The big idea Henkes was trying to teach was the best ways to deal with conflict resolution and disagreements. The best elements in my opinion were the characters and the illustrations. The character of Lilly is probably like a lot of students; she loves school, she loves her teacher, Mr. Slinger (who has inspired her to want to be a teacher), she likes to draw and write, and she brings her favorite items into class to show to her classmates. Almost every student can relate to having a teacher tell them to put that distracting new obsession away or it'd be taken. Lilly's character perfectly embodies how upset student's get - she was furious, she drew a mean picture calling Mr. Slinger all kinds of names, and told him she didn't want to be a teacher anymore. My second favorite element were the illustrations. They told their own story and provide lots of extra details to the story. Instead of Henkes writing out what Lilly wrote in her stories and pictures, readers can look at the illustrations to see how Lilly wrote it, in her own handwriting. He also sometimes includes speech bubbles for characters in the illustrations which adds a little something funny to each page. ( )
  cmcdon13 | Oct 5, 2016 |
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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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