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The Big Green Pocketbook

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  154 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
On her day in town with her mother, a little girl starts off with an empty big green pocketbook—just like her mother’s—and along the way collects pieces of her day to put inside, inventing stories for each treasure. ‘Studded with inventive imagery.… A playful and most suitable setting for this winsome story with its timeless theme.’—Publishers Weekly. ‘ Bond’s cheerful ill ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 31st 1995 by HarperCollins (first published 1993)
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Brenda Barrino
Book Title: The Big Green Pocketbook by Candice Ransom
Description: In this story, a young girl spends the day running errands with her mom, while collecting many objects for her new green pocketbook.
Focus: Unit 1: Writing small moments (personal narrative from Lucy Calkins). Ransom demonstrates small moments in different settings throughout the book. She does a good job showing how writers focus on one setting/idea and capture the details in that one single moment.
Teach: W.1.3 Write narratives
Dec 18, 2015 Dana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-aloud
At age 9, my daughter still smiles when we read this book aloud. It's such a pleasant story full of common occurrences in a child's world. Likely to remain a favorite for a very long time.
Ellen Simons
May 28, 2015 Ellen Simons rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, childrens
Tied with one other book for the favorite of my childhood
Dec 11, 2014 Hillvan rated it liked it
Angela Moorer
I actually used this story for a mathematics lesson on money and practicing counting on. The story tells about the day of a young girl and her mother that have a day out. The young girl is so excited because she looks "grown up" with her big pocketbook on like her mom. They visit different places in the community and buy different things for her to fill her pocketbook with. Aside from math, this text could be used to create a great social studies lesson on places in the community.
Jun 19, 2008 Julia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ages 2-5
This book is about a little girl and her trip to town with her mom. She takes along her big green pocketbook, which is empty. At each shop she and her mom stop at, she picks up small items that the store owner gives her. Fun little story, great illustrations, and nice message of showing thoughtfulness and gratitude at the end.
Jan 09, 2014 Brittany rated it it was amazing
My daughter immediately found a green play purse and filled it with treasures just like this little girl in the story.
Helen Cox
This book tells the story of a little girl and her pocket book. She heads into town with her mother with an empty pocketbook. At each stop along the way she collects things in her pocketbook. A great activity with this book would be to have kids create a pocketbook (or bag for boys) and draw things that they may put in it.
This is a great book for predictions. What do you think she will get next to put in her purse? Do you think she'll ever find her purse? It is a great book for social studies. You can talk about all the places that they visited during the day. Think of the possibilities of some extra purses in the dramatic play area.
Andrew Jameson
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Rebecca Dean
This book is good fro children to read to show them how even if something is terrible one minute, there is a way to fix it. It shows them to look for a solution instead of throwing a fit. This is also a good book to use while working on order of things like: first, second, then, and after.
Amy Olson
Feb 21, 2011 Amy Olson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-book
This book can be used to teach sequencing- what happened first, next and last. The main character the little girl goes on errands with her mother collecting things during the way students can connect when they went on trips and collected things along the way.
Mar 12, 2012 Sai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember wanting to have a day like that,...but then my life wasn't like that, so I couldn', the latter is me thinking about it now. My little self didn't carer about that. Anyway, I just remember how much I loved it, and how I read it a thousand times....
Jan 04, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
31 months - Another thrift store buy for 50 cents. Drawings by Felicia Bond of "If You Give A..." series. The story is very matter of fact but really cute to watch the little girl go on an outing with Mom and fill her once empty pocket book with little souvenirs.
Apr 14, 2010 Natalie rated it really liked it
A mother and daughter catch the bus which takes them on a day of errands. Each has their own pocketbook, and the little girl gets a momento to put in hers at every place they stop.
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Feb 24, 2013 Olson Family Matters rated it liked it
Shelves: pre-k-reads
Cute story - good one time read about a little girl's purse and the things she puts in it from each event throughout her day. Madelyn liked.
Anne Robertson
The big green pocketbook gets filled with all of her adventures from the day. Good for teaching kids responsibility.
Both my kids have really enjoyed this one. Me, not as much. Not a bad book just nothing special.
Jul 21, 2008 Kate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Our four year old LOVES this book. Highlights good manners and morals. Cool pictures, fun story.
On the suggested summer reading list for students.
Jan 27, 2008 Gretel rated it it was amazing
Cutest book for little girls!
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Jun 12, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
great sensory book
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