Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

by Kevin Henkes

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Published by Greenwillow Books, 1996

Lilly loves her teacher, Mr. Slinger.  She is so enamored with him that when she grows up, she wants to be a teacher too.  That is, until the day she gets in trouble and her beautiful new purple plastic purse is taken away by her beloved teacher.  At first, she is very angry with him, and says some hurtful things.  However, Mr. Slinger is kind and forgiving, and guides Lilly through the process of making amends.

A great book for young children to show them the proper way to deal with anger and to make amends when mistakes are made.  Great choice to discuss plot and climax, conflict, and resolution.

Awards: ALA Notable Children’s Book; Booklist Editor’s Choice

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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