Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Lily's Purple Plastic Purse

Title:               Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse
Category:       Picture book
Grade:            PreK - 3
Author:          Kevin Henkes
Illustrator:      Kevin Henkes
Publisher:       Greenwillow
Date:               1996
Pages:             32

The adorable story of Lilly and her very fancy purple plastic purse – complete with three quarters and a tune that plays when you open it.  Lilly can’t wait for show and tell to display them to her class and her beloved teacher, Mr. Slinger.  Unfortunately, Lilly’s impatience causes her teacher to take her special things away.  An angry Lilly says rude things and hides a nasty picture of Mr. Slinger for him to find.  But when he returns her things at the end of the day with a sweet note and a special surprise, Lilly must figure out how to make things right.  . 

Henkes writes with a sweet, sympathetic flavor that brilliantly captures both the humor and the poignancy of a little girl’s pride and shame.


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