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*Starred Review* Pres-K. Lilly returns to some wonderful news: her beloved teacher, Mr. Slinger, is getting married. "It will be the biggest day of my life," he says. "Mine, too," whispers Lilly, who has always wanted to be a flower girl. Lilly, in cowboy boots and boa, marches around the next spread in many and varied poses--smiling brightly, looking demure, eyebrows raised, always with her hands in front of her, carrying an imaginary small bouquet. Lilly tells her parents that she's going to be Mr. Slinger's flower girl, but they inform her that since he hasn't asked her, that probably won't happen. Sure enough, some niece named Ginger has been tapped for the role, which makes Lilly both sad and mad. Mr. Slinger tries to smooth the situation by appointing Lilly Ginger's assistant, a not entirely satisfactory compromise until Lilly finds a way to share the spotlight. As in the previous books about Lilly, Henkes catches the hopes and dreams of children along with their stubborn belief that the world will turn the way they push it. And though Henkes mines no new ground artistically, he provides so many clever, captivating touches in each scene, there's always something new to look at. Ilene Cooper
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Kevin Henkes is the award-winning creator of many books for children, including the Caldecott Medal Book Kitten's First Full Moon, the Caldecott and Geisel Honor Book Waiting, the Newbery Honor Books The Year of Billy Miller and Olive's Ocean, and several bestselling books about mice, including Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse and Chrysanthemum. www.kevinhenkes.com
"Lilly is one of the great female characters in literature-like Anna Karenina with whiskers or Scarlett O'Hara with paws." -- USA Today "Caldecott Award winner Kevin Henkes once again demonstrates perfect pitch for the emotional lives of the very young. Lilly, of course, understands the true truth: the flower girl is more important than the bride." -- Chicago Tribune