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Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
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Lilly loves her desk, she loves her snack, she loves to draw in the light bulb lab and she loves loves loves her teacher Mr. Slinger. When Lilly cannot contain her enthusiasm for her new gifts, three jingly quarters, movie star sunglasses and the purple plastic purse from the title, and disrupts her class she is chastised by her beloved teacher and has her new things taken away. Her shame and sadness soon turn into rage and anger. She draws a nasty picture of her favorite teacher and sneaks it into his bag. Her shame and sadness return when the note Mr. Slinger put into her bag is lovely and sweet. Lilly must find the very grown-up courage to come clean to her parents about what she's done and ask Mr. Slingers' forgiveness. This is all skillfully illustrated by the author. The pictures, though drawn in a rather simple style, are so full of detail. The page showing Lilly's shift from sadness to anger is priceless. How Henkes wraps up this tale is masterful. The story ends the way all stories of forgiveness should, with dancing and snacks. He manages to teach readers a lesson about seeking revenge and its negatives, how to ask for forgiveness and how to graciously give it all within 32 pages.
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