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Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse (Mouse Books)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  19,436 ratings  ·  711 reviews
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 and she sets out to make amends.

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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 24th 2006 by Greenwillow Books (first published May 1st 1996)
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Lisa Vegan
Jan 22, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: K-2, especially girls
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
A few tons of thanks to Goodreads friend Kathryn who recommended this book to me because I doubt I’d have read it if not for her recommendation. I’d seen this book, but its title did not seem at all appealing to me; I didn’t know what it was about but what my imagination conjured up was so far off the mark.

This is a wonderful story about Lilly (I haven’t yet read the earlier two books in which she’s featured) who loves her teacher so much she wants to be a teacher too, until she has a very diffi
I have been reading Kevin Henkes’ books ever since I was small, so it was a great day for me in discovering an old favorite of mine when I was small. “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” is a children’s book by Kevin Henkes that details the relationship that Lilly has with her teacher Mr. Slinger and how one event almost causes a huge rift between them. “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” is a truly beautiful book about having a great relationship with your teachers that everyone will love for many years!

This is a wonderful story about awareness for other's feelings. Lilly loves her teacher--he is funny and stylish and kind. Lilly wants to be a lot of things when she grows up, like a diva and a doctor, but right now she really, really wants to be a teacher because she is so inspired by her own. But one day, when she brings a purple plastic purse to school and just cannot wait until show-and-tell to show it off to everyone (even after her teacher asks her to please be patient and not disrupt the ...more
One of the best parts about reading books to kids is that I'm reading it as the person I've become, but looking at my kids, I remember the person I was. Really, it's as if two mes are reading.

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse is about a little girl mouse who wants to grow up to be a teacher. She has an incredible and inspiring mouse teacher - Mr. Slinger.

She plays school at home, pretending to be him. She writes books in his honor, and all her works of art feature him.

Then one day she brings a purple
Dec 22, 2008 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
I thought this was a great book; it covers great teachers who provide creative outlets for the kids and inspire them to want to teach. It discusses the exuberance of a young girl (mouse) who gets a new toy and wants so desperately to share it with her classmates, but ends up being a disruption to the class. And finally, best of all, it covers the sensitive topics of frustration, anger, regret and remorse in an easy to understand way. Our girls enjoyed this story, but I loved it for the moralisti ...more
Kate Babbitt
This book is about a little mouse who can't wait to show off her new purple plastic purse that plays a song when it is opened. She takes it out before sharing time and disturbs the class. Her teacher takes away her purse and she is devastated without it. This book has great pictures that are creative in creating mice the main characters and showing the series of expressions. I would use this book to go into a personal narrative that the students could create to tell a story on one of their favor ...more
A lesson in forgiveness.

Well, we read this again two years later and my son really got into the pictures, pointing things out. He loved it.
Eva Leger
Julia and I listened to this on audio last night and we both really enjoyed it. I haven't listened to many audio books for myself but Julia and I have listened to a handful together and besides John Lithgow in Micawber the narrator here is awesome.
Her voice inflections are perfect, the voices of other characters in the book are perfect. (I think Julia's really starting to love audio books because I suck at voices.)
I love the way she incorporated Lilly's (and the others) thoughts and even if you
Apr 24, 2011 Candice rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sophie - when she's older
Shelves: picture-books
This book has so much going for it - a feisty little protagonist, Lilly, a wise and compassionate teacher, Mr. Slinger, and parents who know what to do when their little girl comes home from school with a tale of woe. Lilly the white mouse loves everything about school, especially her teacher, Mr. Slinger who is so cool. One day Lilly comes to school with her new purple plastic purse that plays a jaunty tune and holds her movie-star sunglasses and three shiny new quarters. Lilly can't wait for s ...more
This book features a spunky (personified mouse) protagonist who loves everything about school, especially her teacher, until one day she comes to school with a fancy purple plastic purse, three shiny quarters, and glittery movie star sunglasses, and is told that she has to wait until an appropriate time to share all the amazing things she has brought to school. When she doesn't, her previously-amazing teacher takes her purse, quarters, and sunglasses away until the end of the school day...then e ...more
This book is about a little mouse named Lilly who loves school and her teacher Mr. Slinger. Lilly gets a purple plastic purse that she also adores but when she takes her purse to school to show it off to her classmates her favorite teacher takes it away. Lilly’s teacher tells her she cannot show off her purse during class but Lilly was so excited about her purse and just could not resist. So she interrupted class and showed everyone including Mr. Slinger her purple plastic purse. Mr. Slinger was ...more
Cameron Devaughn
In the book Lilly is awfully pleased with her life at the moment. She loves school and she adores her teacher Mr. Slinger. Mr. Slinger is the coolest prof in the world. He wears crazy colored ties, refers to his students as rodents, provides yummy tasty snacks, and has a penchant for patterned shirts. Lilly is determined to someday be a teacher all thanks to Mr. Slinger. Unfortunately, Lilly's Slinger-love takes a downturn when she brings her new purple plastic purse to class. Noisily displaying ...more
Lucila Perez
Lilly loves school and everything in it including her teacher Mr. Slinger.
One day, Lilly comes to school "especially happy," eager to show off her new purple plastic purse, her movie star sunglasses, and her jingly quarters. But she chooses the wrong times to try to share, and Mr. Slinger has to take action. So Lilly goes to the Lightbulb Lab and she thinks. First, she gets sad. Then, Lilly gets angry. Then, Lilly gets furious. And then, she makes something that shows exactly how she feels abou
Alyssa Scherr
Lily loved school, especially her teacher, Mr. Slinger. She wanted to be a teacher just like him when she grows up. Lily came to school one day with her new purple plastic purse and wanted to show it off to everyone. Lily, disobeying Mr. Slicker, showed off her purse while he was teaching so he took all of her belongings and didn't let her have them back until the day was over. Lily draws a mean picture of Mr. Slicker and slips it in his bag before she leaves to go home. Little did she know when ...more
Jennifer Parrish
I LOVED this story book! Kevin Henkes does a phenomenal job discretely teaching a lesson to children by hiding it underneath the spunk and liveliness of the main character, Lilly. The plot follows a sequence of days in Lilly's classroom. Lilly could be considered the type of student who really looks up to her teacher and finds them fascinating. She brings her new purse, sunglasses and quarters to class and is overly excited about showing them to her classmates. After rudely interrupting class ti ...more
Emily Nunez-Eddy
Lilly loved school, and she especially loved her teacher Mr. Slinger. She draws pictures of him, stays after school, and raises her hand as much as possible. After Lilly brings a purple plastic purse to school, though, her normal school routine goes awry. Disrupting everyone with her purple plastic purse, Mr. Slinger is forced to take it away for the day — and Lilly absolutely hates him for it. In order to get back at Mr. Slinger, Lilly draws a nasty picture of him, complete with the phrase “I ...more
Rachel Harwood
In the book Lilly loves school and her teacher Mr. Slinger until Mr. Slinger takes away her well loved purple purse because she does not wait until it is time for show and tell. Lilly interrupts the class and learning with her purse meaning Mr. Slinger puts the purse in his desk for the remainder of the day. Lilly then shows her dislike of Mr. Slinger through drawing an unfavourable picture of him. Finally Lilly apologizes for her behaviour and she and Mr. Slinger are fantastic friends again.

Kierstyn Stanley
Lilly is obsessed with her new purple plastic purse. She absolutely loves it. It goes everywhere with her and all Lilly wants to do is show it off. She can't wait to go to school and see her favorite teacher, Mr. Slinger, and show everyone during show and tell time her awesome new purple plastic purse. Lilly unfortunately causes a ruckus the whole day and ends up getting her purple plastic purse taken away from her. She gets so mad that she comes up with a way to get back at Mr. Slinger (I won't ...more
Anna Summers
In the book, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Lilly loves school and adores her teacher, Mr. Slinger. But, Lilly’s feeling change when Mr. Slinger takes away her prized possession, the purple purse. Now, Lilly doesn’t like Mr. Slinger and she lets him know it. At the end of the story, Lilly apologizes for her behavior; and she and Mr. Slinger are on good terms again. The author, Kevin Henkes, once again chooses an issue that many children would be able to relate to. I am quite sure that almost ever ...more
Alexis Kydon
Lilly is obsessed with her new purple plastic purse. She is so obsessed that not only does she bring it to school, but she wants to show it off to everyone. When you open it, it plays a little song. She keeps three quarters in it and they jingle when she carries it around. She is so excited about her new purse that she can't wait to show everyone in her class. Her teacher Mr.Slinger is trying to teach and Lilly can't even hold it in. He warns her a few times, but finally he has had enough. Lill ...more
Madison Young
Lilly was given a beautiful, shiny, new, purple plastic purse one day. Lilly loved her purse so much that she brought it to school. Lilly could not wait to show it off to her class and especially show her favorite teacher, Mr. Singer. Being that Lilly was so distracted by her purse all day, Mr. Singer confiscated Lilly's purse. Lilly was so angry, she sought revenge by drawing a mean image of Mr. Singer. Lilly felt bad after she drew the picture because Mr. Singer gave her purse back and wrote h ...more
Brooke Murray
"Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" is the story of how the main character Lilly gets a purple plastic purse and think's it's the best thing in the world. Every time she opens it a song plays. One day, Lilly is told by her teacher that she needs to put her purse away until sharing time, but Lilly doesn't listen. This ends up with her teacher taking away her purse until the end of the day. Lilly writes a letter about how mad she is at her teacher and he ends up reading it. The story ends with everyone ...more
Adrianna Wesley
Genre: Children's Picture book
Age: All ages
This book is about a little girl mouse named Lily. Lily absolutely loves her teacher Mr. Slinger and wants to be exactly like him. She plays school while she is at home and writes books and stories about him. Until one day she brings her purple plastic purse to class and can not wait to show it off and tell everyone about how great it is. Unfortunately Lily keeps being disruptive about her purse and Mr. Slinger has to take it away for the rest o
Emily Sirota
Lilly has one thing on her mind and only one thing, that is her new purple plastic purse. Nothing can take her mind off of this purple purse, except for her teacher. Lilly gets very upset with her teacher which causes her to make irrational decisions. Just like most Henkes books the mouse learns a lesson and so do the kids enjoying the story. Teaching the kids that you need to be more careful with your decisions that you're making when you're not in a good mindset. Great read to teach an importa ...more
Demilyn Odango
Summary: Lilly loved everything about school. She loved the supplies, food, and especially her teacher Mr. Slinger. She wanted to be just like him and decided she wanted to be a teacher when she grows up. One Monday, Lilly goes to school with stuffy her Grammy gave her. She was so excited that she wanted to share with her class. Throughout the day she interrupted wanting to show off her new stuff. Finally, Mr. Slinger took it away and told her he would give it back at the end of the day. T
Lilly is so true to life: charming, exuberant, flawed. This is exactly the type of drama kids experience at school and Henkes captures their feelings perfectly. There is a moment when Lilly realizes the error of her ways, and the illustration shows her getting smaller and smaller....every class I've read it to has so much to say about that feeling, and many other moments in the book. Perfect for teaching text to self connections...and lots of fun to boot.
Renee Clark
When looking at this book the cover grabbed my attention right away. The illustrations gave me a good idea of who this book was going to be about. This book has a great storyline. Lilly is the main character. She loves everything about school, especially her teacher. Lilly brings her new purple plastic purse to school with all of the treasures inside one day. She wanted to show everyone, however, the teacher warned her multiple times she couldn't yet. Lilly was impatient and disobeyed her teache ...more
Tia Brogna
Dec 10, 2014 Tia Brogna added it
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This Book is about a student named Lilly, who loves school and her cool teacher. One day Lilly brought her purple plastic purse to school. She was so excited for show and tell that she kept disrupting class to show off her accessory. After numerous warnings, her teacher confiscated the purse. Lilly was angry with her teacher so she decided to get revenge by drawing a mean picture of him. At the end of the day after Lilly had already left the picture for her teacher, he gave her the purse back. W ...more
Lilly takes a purse to school for show and tell but gets it taken away for the day because of her impatience. The next day, she settles down and is able to share her special purse with her class. This would be a good book to read to the class before introducing Show-and-Tell to a classroom! This is a very valuable books for children. It teaches them about patience, which many children at a very young age need. This would be a great book for children between the ages of 5 to 8 since this is the a ...more
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse is a fiction book that is for younger elementary ages. It is about a little girl named Lily who brings her purse to school for show and tell. It becomes a distraction, so her teacher takes it away from her. Lily is very upset about the teacher's action. She ends up writing a horrible letter to her teacher and puts it in his desk at the end of the day. Shortly after that, and before he sees the note, the teacher gives Lily her purse back. Lily feels bad about her lett ...more
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Kevin Henkes became an author/illustrator when he was nineteen years old, working on a card table in his bedroom.
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