Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse: Kevin Henkes

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

  • Author/Illustrator: Kevin Henkes

  • Publisher: Harper & Row

  • Publication Year: 1963

  • Brief Summary: When Lilly’s favorite teacher Mr. Slinger won’t let her show off her new purple plastic purse until sharing time, she writes a vengeful note, only to find a kind word from Mr. Slinger when she got home.

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  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

    • What are some rules in this book that we also have for the library/classroom?  This could be a good book to read during the first week of class.

    • Have children bring in one prized possession they would like to share with the class after the read-aloud and discussion.  Was it hard to be patient and wait?

    • Write about a time when you had to wait to do something — open a present, share a story, do show and tell, etc. — and how that made you feel.  What did you do to help pass the time quicker?

    • Recall Game: Make a purse out of construction paper and put random items in it.  Show each item to the children and return it to the bag. Have children draw/write down as many items as they can remember.

    • If you had a cool purse/bag like Lilly, what would you put in it?  Write about it and illustrate.

    • If reading at the end of the year, have children write a thank-you letter to their favorite teacher.  Go over important parts of a letter — date, greetings, the body of the letter, signature, etc.  Younger children can write 3-5 sentences and/or illustrate; older students can have 2-3 paragraphs.

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  • Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.:

  • Accessed at: Personal Library


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