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Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
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Jun 07, 11

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Read in June, 2011

Lilly is a very spirited mouse. She is super excited about school and her teacher and showing her new purple plastic purse to all her friends. Lilly learns a lot about her feelings and consequences when she insists on talking out of turn in class and gets so angry at her beloved teacher.

I think any child can relate to those feelings of having the world against them and being so mad they want to be mean to someone else and make them feel as bad as they do. And I love that Lilly quickly feels guilt for her behavior (in big part thanks to her brilliant teacher's encouraging note) and confesses to her parents and even puts herself in the "uncooperative chair." She makes things right with Mr. Slinger and has a much better day at school where she can finally share her amazing purple plastic purse.

Lilly's enthusiasm and her teacher's gentle, wise understanding make this book a treat to read. Adorable, detailed illustrations and Lilly's observations, "Three quarters are even better than a dollar bill because they make noise!" add to the fun.
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