In Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes, Lilly reflects on her rude actions and apologises when she understands she was in the wrong. She gets forgiveness in return. The themes of the book include:
– Managing our emotions helps us react more positively.
– Take responsibility for our actions.
– Value of forgiveness.
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse gives you the opportunity to teach:
- Patience and forgiveness
- Integrity and respect
- Self-control and self-management
- Inference and prediction
- Sequencing and retelling
- Character traits
- Problem and solution
- Making connections
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Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Synopsis
Lilly loves going to school, and she loves her teacher, Mr. Slinger. She wants to be a teacher just like him when she grows up. She also loves her new purple plastic purse. Lilly brings her purse to school and can’t wait to share it. Mr. Slinger asks Lilly to put the purse away and focus; she can share it later. This is hard for Lilly and she keeps interrupting to talk about her purse.
Lilly has to face the consequences of not following the rules when Mr. Slinger confiscates her purse. The little mouse is furious and plans her revenge. She acts on her angry impulses and draws a picture of her teacher as a “BIG FAT MEAN MR STEALING TEACHER!” She puts the note in her teacher’s bag.
On her way home, Lilly finds a kind note from Mr. Slinger and she feels guilt and remorse over her actions. The next day, she apologises and Mr. Slinger forgives her, telling her “tomorrow will be better”.
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Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Activities & Resources
I have created literacy graphic organizers for Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. You can find them at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. There are many activities for each literacy area to differentiate depending on your student’s ability/age. They include activities for:
- Author’s Purpose
- Cause & Effect
- Character Traits and Analysis
- Comprehension Questions and Writing Prompts
- Inferring and Predicting
- Main Idea and Theme
- Making Connections
- Point of View
- Problem and Solution
- Retelling, Sequencing and Summarizing
*Click on these links to discover book recommendations on these topics.
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Activities & Links
- The Hanen Centre: Putting it All Together with Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
- Harper Kids Youtube: Meet Kevin Henkes
- Kevin Henkes: Teaching guide and downloads
- Prindle Institute of Ethics: Guidelines for Philosophical Discussion
- Read Works: Personality Traits
- Reading is Fundamental: Support Materials
- Teaching Guide: The World of Kevin Henkes Activity Booklet
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Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Read-Aloud Questions
Read aloud sessions are a wonderful way for children to understand the connection between written text and spoken language. You can model reading habits and strategies, reading fluency, tone and eye contact. You can also introduce different genres, authors and illustrators.
- What do you think Kevin Henkes wants us to learn from reading Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse?
- What personal connections can you make to Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse?
- What do you think Lilly learned from her experience?
- What was the problem and solution in Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse?
- Do you think Mr. Slinger was right to tell Lilly she had to wait? Why or why not?
- Why did Mr. Slinger take away Lilly’s purse? What would you have done if you were Mr. Slinger?
- Why do you think Lilly reacted the way she did after Mr. Slinger confiscated her purse?
- Describe the different emotions Lilly went through in the book.
- Have you ever been mad at someone like Lilly was with Mr. Slinger? How did you resolve the situation?
- Describe how Lilly could have handled her problem in a more positive way.
- Did Lilly apologize because she knew she did something wrong? Or did she apologize because she felt she had to? How do you know?
- What would have happened if Lilly hadn’t apologized?
- Think about a time you had to apologize to someone? Did you really mean it?
- Why does Kevin Henkes repeatedly use the word ‘wow’ throughout the book?
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Book Videos
Books by Kevin Henkes
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