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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
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Tags:week 1, Easy read, Teachers

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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 story about a student who is having a hard time not distracting the class. The story shows how her and her teacher resolve the issue and strengthen their friendship.
  ejoy13 | Nov 17, 2015 |
LILY'S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE by Kevin Henkes is an adorable, engaging picture book that teaches the important lesson to children about patience and forgiveness. The story is about a little mouse named Lily who loves everything about school, but most of all she loves her teacher, Mr. Springer. She loves him so much that she writes stories about him, draws pictures of him, and even wants to be a teacher like him when she grows up. Until the day she brings her purple plastic purse to school, that is. Overwhelmed with excitement about her new accessories, Lily can't hold back from showing everyone and disrupting the class, even though Mr. Slinger told her not to. When he takes her purse away for the rest of the day, Lily becomes very upset and decides to draw a mean picture of Mr. Slinger and hide it in his bag. But on her way home, Lily finds a note from Mr. Slinger and she feels really bad. The next day, Lily apologizes and asks for forgiveness, which Mr. Slinger gladly gives. I really liked the interaction between the text and the illustrations in this book. The vivid pictures seemed to be just as important as the words - most of the pictures even included little texts of their own, like separate dialogue or thoughts. And the illustrations add a lot to character and plot development. I also like the way in which the text and pictures are placed on the pages; they are not always in the same spot, like just on the top or bottom of the page. As I mentioned earlier, Henkes addresses important themes of forgiveness and patience, and also of saying sorry, which is something most people struggle with sometimes. After reading this book with students, I would ask them all to think of someone they may need to apologize to and then have them draw a picture or write a note, like Lily did, to say sorry to that person and then have them deliver it. ( )
  mmiller28 | Oct 4, 2015 |
Lily's Purple Plastic Purse starts out with a mouse named Lily. Lily loves school, but most importantly, she loves her teacher, Mr.Slinger. He's nice, smart and makes Lily want to become a teacher when she grows up. One day, Lily comes to class with a brand new purple plastic purse that played a tune when opened. Mr. Slinger had asked her to be considerate of the other students and wait until recess or sharing time. But Lily was so excited that she just couldn't contain herself. She got up and told everyone to look at her new purse. Mr.Slinger was not amused. He asked Lily for her stuff and told her he would give them back at the end of the day. Lily was really sad at first but then, she became angry. She drew a mean picture of Mr.Slinger and told him at the end of the day, when he handed her purse beck, that she didn't want to be a teacher anymore.On her way home she found a note in her purse from Mr.Slinger, telling her that it had been a difficult day, but tomorrow would be better. Much to Lily's surprise, the next day was better. She apologized to Mr. Slinger and made him a new, better picture. At the end of the day, she wanted to be a teacher again. I think this a great story for teachers on how to handle students who don't listen. Mr. Slinger cared about Lily, but would not let her get away with not listening to him when he told her not to do something. Though Lily went home upset, he still sent her a letter telling her, everything would be alright. ( )
  brittanyhamann | Sep 29, 2015 |
Lily loved her teacher so much until he would not let her show the class her purse during a lesson. ( )
  mew034 | Sep 24, 2015 |
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 |
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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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