Bibliographic information: Henkes, Kevin. (1996). Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. New York :Greenwillow Books.
Annotation: This book is about a mouse who loves school, and her teacher Mr. Slinger. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up, as well as many other things such as a scuba diver, diva, ambulance driver, etc. She goes shopping with her grandma one weekend and gets a new purple plastic purse, which she brings to school on Monday. The purse becomes a distraction so Mr. Slinger takes it away until the end of the day which makes Lilly upset. She draws a mean picture and puts it in his bag, and then regrets it when she finds a note and snacks in her purse. She draws a new picture and apologizes to her teacher. She shares her purse at the right time, and shares snacks with the class for a happy ending.
Grade Level: 3-4
Readers who will like this book: People who like mice, people who like purple purses, people who like school and their teacher, and children learning about apologies and forgiveness.
Personal Response and Rating: 5/5. I would give this book a 5/5. This was one of my favorites when I was growing up. I think that it sends a good message to not assume things, and also to apologize when you make mistakes.
Text Dependent Question: Why do you think Lilly decided to sit herself in the uncooperative chair all night? How did Lilly’s feelings towards Mr. Slinger change throughout the story? Did Mr. Slinger take Lilly’s things away to be mean?
Reading Strategy #19 Interactive Read-Alouds
Description: This strategy is used to engage students before, during, and after the read aloud. It helps students with comprehension of the text as you read along. You can use predictions or activities afterwards to work through the read-aloud.
Rationale: This would be a good book to do an interactive read-aloud with because there are several opportunities to predict throughout the story, as well as work with it at the end. They can predict if Mr. Slinger will be upset. They can also draw pictures or summarize the story at the end. They can pick out key events and details about the story and either write them down or act them out.