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Kevin Henkes is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors--one for Olive's Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller--and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Egg, Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin. www.kevinhenkes.com Kevin Henkes is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors--one for Olive's Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller--and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Egg, Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin. www.kevinhenkes.com

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PreS-Gr 2-Kevin Henkes' characters always delight students and teachers with their real-life personalities, foibles, and situations. The stories are funny and sweet, and readers can recognize their own experiences in the characters. In Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse (Greenwillow, 1996) Lilly, who loves school and her teacher, has gone shopping with her Grandmother. Lilly comes home with a new purse and she can't wait to show it off to her classmates. Mr. Slinger reminds Lilly to wait until sharing time, but Lilly's enthusiasm gets the best of her and the teacher must take the purse away from her. Heartbroken, Lilly retaliates by drawing a mean picture of her teacher and slipping it into his school bag. When Mr. Slinger returns the purse to Lilly at the end of the day along with a kind note and treats, Lilly feels remorse, runs home, and confesses all to her family. She gives herself a time-out and then draws a new, more complimentary picture of Mr. Slinger. Lilly apologizes profusely, her teacher accepts, and during sharing time the purse is presented to the class. This audio version features excellent narration, mouse-like voices, and delightful sound effects mirroring the illustrations. Listeners must have the book available while listening to the tape because the illustrations are wonderful and reflect all the emotion that Lilly feels throughout the story. For schools that use audio books, this is a must purchase along with all of Kevin Henkes' other terrific tales.-Jane Enfield, Howe Community School, Minneapolis, MN Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

"Lilly is one of the great female characters in literature--like Anna Karenina with whiskers or Scarlett O'Hara with paws."--USA Today
"In all of children's literature there is just a handful of characters we think of as family--Madeline, Winnie-the-Pooh, and Charlotte come to mind--and when this young generation is old enough to reflect on the ones it loved, Lilly will probably lead the pack."--New York Times Book Review

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