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Lilly's Big Day by Kevin Henkes
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Lilly's Big Day

by Kevin Henkes

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Lilly has always dreamed of being a flower girl. So when her teacher says that he is getting married, she starts practicing for her role as a flower girl. But when he says that she isn't going to be the flower girl, her heart is crushed. Yet the teacher assigned her as the important flower girl assistant. Lilly was not the most thrilled about it, but when her time arrived she did help the flower girl and it lead to a great time at the wedding and a new friendship.

Henkes writes this story to help the readers understand jealousy and how you should react to it. This is a great story that shows the correct response and it also helps show the building of friendship. ( )
  S.Hackett | Sep 23, 2017 |
Lilly finds out that her teacher, Mr. Slinger, is getting married and Lilly decides that she is going to be the flower girl. She goes home to practice, but is told the next day that Mr. Slinger’s niece is going to be the flower girl. Lilly gets upset, so Mr. Slinger says she can be the flower girl's assistant. When the wedding day arrives, the flower girl, Ginger, freezes when it is time to walk down the aisle. Lilly scoops her up and carries her down the aisle, and deems that day the best day of her life.
The illustrations in this story are vibrant and express the characters' emotions well. I appreciate that Lilly’s teacher is a male teacher, too. Most picture books depict only women as teachers. I also enjoyed that the characters were all mice instead of people. ( )
  nfernan1 | Sep 11, 2017 |
I would use this in a second grade classroom. I would do a read aloud and have them listen carefully to the story and traits of the characters. I'd then have them come up with adjectives describing each character and have them draw a picture representing each character. I'd hang this on a bulletin board. I would also use this in a kindergarten class Andy have the students write about their best or big day and that way they'd make a connection to their life from the story.
  kroby01 | Apr 18, 2017 |
Lilly's Big Day is appropriate for first and second grade as an independent read. It is an engaging and entertaining book and can be easily read by first and second graders. It does not have complicated vocabulary or syntax and it is about a young child around their age. It is a good book for kindergarten also, but some might struggle with reading it on their own and will need some assistance. Kindergartners will be able to relate to Lilly and understand the plot of the book. This book would be good to teach character's actions because there are many positive and negative actions that Lilly does that describe her emotions. This book could also be used to teach key details because the story has main details that continue the story and describe the story well. There are key details about how Lilly is feeling and what is happening in the book, even about time passing.
  MeredithCox | Apr 18, 2017 |
This book would be really great to do in a 2nd grade classroom on a lesson about personal connections. I would have the students do a free write activity where they will have to tell me about something they have always wanted to do and why it is so important to them. Another activity would be in a 4th grade classroom when doing a lesson on key details. I would do an interactive read a loud and periodically ask questions to ensure students are picking up on the key details throughout the story.This would help to ensure their comprehension of the book.
  JMudd | Apr 17, 2017 |
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This modern fantasy book involves a talking mouse who vies to be a flower girl for her teachers wedding, but must settle for being an Assistant until…  This is a great sit down/snack break reading book for young elementary students.  Connections to discussions about weddings and customs could follow after reading this book.  Here is a link for teachers to use in finding info about different wedding customs:  http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-customs/articles/wedding-customs-and-traditions-from-around-the-globe.aspx?MsdVisit=1
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060742364, Hardcover)

Mr. Slinger has big news.
He's getting married.
Married!

Lilly has big plans.
She's going to be the flower girl.
(Lilly has always wanted to be a flower girl.
Even more than a surgeon or a diva or a hairdresser.)

But what's the biggest,
the best,
the most perfect thing of all?
You're invited to the wedding -- so start reading!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:58:48 -0400)

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When her teacher announces that he is getting married, Lilly the mouse sets her heart on being the flower girl at his wedding.

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