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Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse [With Hardcover Book] (Live Oak Readalongs) Audio Cassette – Audiobook, May 2005

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Live Oak Media (NY); Har/Cas edition (May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874996872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874996876
  • Product Dimensions: 38.6 x 24.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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The irrepressible mouse heroine of Chester's Way and Julius, the Baby of the World returns for another true-to-life and very funny episode. Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, Mr Slinger--until he takes away her musical purse because she can't stop playing with it in class. Lilly decides to get revenge with a nasty drawing of "Big Fat Mean Mr Stealing Teacher!", but when she finds the kind note he put in her purse, she's filled with remorse and has to find a way to make things right again. Children will sympathize with Lilly's impulsive mistake and laugh uproariously at the witty and expressive pictures of the very human mice. (Ages 4 to 8) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


... A book so delightful, so exuberant, honest and evocative about the passionate life children lead ... (THE NEW YORK TIMES)

If you have a child starting school this September, rush out and buy this book at once. If you already have a child in infants it will make a brilliant end-of-term present for their teacher. It has an exuberant heart that beats with sheer joy about the pleasures of school and inspirational teachers... it is just so perfect you will share it again and again.' (The Guardian)

... Warm, witty and wonderful. I love this book! (Vivian French, THE GUARDIAN) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a second grade teacher, I find that every year Lilly is one of my class's favorite characters. She is bold, funny, and irresistably lovable. I especially love the part where she simply must show off her sparkly purple movie star sunglasses despite the warning from her teacher. Children can really relate to her. Kevin Henkes has truly created a character that will stand the test of time with children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Nov. 1998
Format: Hardcover
I love Lilly. She lets her emotions get the best of her, just like we all do. Then she has regrets for her actions. What's very nice is that Lilly turns to her parents for help. They understand and help her take steps to rectify the situation. This is a funny book for kids, but it also gives parents and kids a chance to talk about what Lilly did well and what she should have done differently.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Sept. 1998
Format: Hardcover
Kevin Henkes takes the reader into Lilly's classroom. The focus of the story is the relationshop between Lilly and her teacher. Children between 4 and 7 would probably be the age group to enjoy listening to the book or reading it most. The message of Lilly's experiences in school are valuable for readers of all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily Marbach on 11 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Kevin Henkes never ceases to amaze me. He knows so much about children and mice. His Lilly is adorable, adores her teacher to death until she misbehaves with her purse. The teacher is a classic gay man - mouse. He is unbelieveably charming and eccentric. This book is a must.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Fashionista rodentia 19 July 2004
By E. R. Bird - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It is my understanding that "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" is the book that really launched Kevin Henkes from mere picture book drudgery to children's book stardom. Certainly he'd been churning out stories that spoke to kids and their qualms ("Owen", "Chrysanthemum", etc.) Lilly grabbed the world's spotlight and focused it squarely on her cute little shoulders. Though she'd already appeared in two previous Henkesian creations ("Chester's Way" and "Julius, the Baby of the World"), this was Lilly's first foray as a protagonist with her name in the title. As such, the book has been turned into a stage play, been read by millions of small children, and gives spunky kids someone they can identify with and look up to. In short, she's a pip.

Lilly is mightily pleased with her life at the moment. She loves school and she adores her teacher Mr. Slinger. Mr. Slinger (undoubtedly a relation of Miss Twinkle from "Chrysanthemum") is the coolest prof in the world. He wears crazy colored ties, refers to his students as "rodents", provides yummy tasty snacks, and has a penchant for patterned shirts. Lilly is determined to someday be a teacher all thanks to Mr. Slinger. Unfortunately, Lilly's Slinger-love takes a downturn when she brings her new purple plastic purse to class. Noisily displaying it at an inappropriate time, Slinger confiscates the item until the end of the day. In anger, Lilly draws a mean portrait of her teacher and hides it in his book bag. But when the young girl opens her returned purse outside of school, she finds a note reading, "Today was a difficult day. Tomorrow will be better", and some yummy snacks are included. Suddenly wracked with guilt, Lilly decides to make up with her teacher and by the end the two have reconciled joyfully.

Now I was lucky enough to see the Minneapolis Children Theater's production of this particular book (combined with some of Lilly's other adventures to pad it out). And though I'm not a weepy gal by nature, I found myself tearing up during the reading of Mr. Slinger's note to Lilly (i.e. "Tomorrow will be better") as well as when I read the picture book. I don't tear up during children's stage productions and I CERTAINLY don't tear up when reading picture books. Yet here I was, all of 26 years of age, and bawling over the succinct sweetness of Slinger's comforting note. How many books have done this for you recently? How many picture books?

The tale is filled to the brim with the Henkes touches a person expects from his work (be sure to notice the Krazy Kat reference in Lilly's dining room). As per usual there is the comfortable family containing loving parents. And best of all, that wonderful way Henkes has of bringing a happy child to life on the page. No adult reading this book would want to be anyone BUT Mr. Slinger and no child reading it wouldn't want to know him. As for Lilly, she walks the fine line between precocious and precious. And wins. If you're a Henkes fan you won't want to miss this delightful star-making turn. If you're not a Henkes fan, do what you can to cure yourself of this ailment and then immediately read and enjoy this book. It's worth the effort.
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HOORAY FOR LILLY!!! 9 May 1999
By EMMA S. (kdztchr@san.rr.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a book that adults will appreciate as much as children. Pay close attention to all that's happening in the illustrations. You can't help but love Lilly, she means well but like any of us she finds herself in trouble. Mr. Slinger, Lilly's teacher is a hero. This is a must read for all kids. Makes a great gift, look for a purple plastic purse and movie star sunglasses to go a long with it! After reading this book you'll find yourself looking for and falling in love with all of Kevin Henkes' books! Wow! That is all I can say. Wow!
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Lilly Learns Her Lesson 10 July 2000
By Claire Lane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Lilly loved school adn her teacher, Mr. Slinger, very much. Because she loved Mr. Slinger so, Lilly wanted to be a teacher, and she always drew Mr. Slinger pretty pictures. One day Lilly came to school with a new pair of sunglasses, three quarters, and a new purple plastic purse that played music when opened. She could not wait until recess to show the class her new things, and so Mr. Slinger took them away until the end of the day. After that Lilly drew an awful picture of Mr. Slinger and hid it in his bookbag. Mr. Slinger returned Lilly's things and she told him she did not want to be a teacher anymore. Mr. Slinger put a note in Lilly's purse, and this made her feel awful about the way she acted. Lilly drew a nice picture, wrote a story, and apologized to Mr. Slinger. Lilly shared her new purse, glasses, and quarters with the class during share time, and Mr. Slinger danced to the music of her purse. Fabulous book! Note to teachers: This is the perfect book for the first day of kindergarten or first grade to express classroom rules. This is how you can teach your students to wait until the appropriate time to share and play. It also teaches manners and accepting responsibility for your actions. I would definetly use this with primary students to show patience.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent Read-Aloud Story About Anger and Forgiveness! 14 Jun. 2000
By Volkert Volkersz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding
This is a popular read-aloud book in our elementary school library. Looking at the other reviews one can conclude it would be entertaining and effective from preschool to the corporate world.
Rarely does an author capture the emotions of children (and adults) as succinctly as Kevin Henkes does here. His playful illustrations of human-like mice carry the story along and make children want to examine every detail.
While entertaining, "Lilly" teaches some valuable lessons about anger and forgiveness. Something our society could use a bit more of.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Lilly is Adorable and the Teacher is A Hero! 2 July 2001
By Colleen D. Gallagher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A darling book about a little one and some misbehaving due to excitement. Lilly want to share so badly that she is very disruptive to her class. Mr. Slinger, the teacher is patient at first but soon takes action to stop Lilly's behavior. The teacher Lilly once loved becomes a monster she really doesn't like any longer. She even writes him a nasty note. Lilly soon finds out that Mr. Slinger is still her hero. I won't spoil the ending! This is a great read for the first day of school. Students can connect to Lilly. They understand her need for attention and I am sure most students have misbehaved to get that attention. This will start a good discussion about what Lilly could of done instead of being disruptive, what good behavior looks like, and why teachers sometimes have to take things away from students. Also, after Lilly sneaks the teacher the note and Mr. Slinger gives Lilly the purse back, this is a good time to make predictions about what might happen. Furthermore, how would you students deal with the situation Lilly has gotten herself into with this nasty note she wrote. Lots of teaching possibilities with this book.
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