Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
by Kevin Henkes
Here is a heroine for every child with a lot of panache and passion—even if it gets them in trouble sometimes. “Lilly loved school. She loved pointy pencils. She loved the squeaky chalk. She loved the way her boots went clickety-clickety-click down the long, shiny hallways. Most of all, she loved her teacher, Mr. Slinger.” She admires him so much that Lilly wants to be a teacher when she grows up. That is, until she gets a purple plastic purse and wants to show it to the class in the worst way. She wants to show how her purple plastic purse plays “a jaunty tune” when it’s open, and how the change jingles in the bottom. So when she just can’t wait until Sharing Time, Mr. Slinger must keep it at his desk until the end of the day. Well, Lilly makes a picture of “Big fat mean Mr. Stealing Teacher” and slips it in his desk when he’s not looking. Meanwhile, Mr. Slinger has slipped a note of his own to Lilly (inside her purse). “Today was a difficult day. Tomorrow will be better.” He even slipped her some tasty snacks. Boy, did Lilly feel terrible. She told her parents how terrible she felt, and together, Lilly and her parents make it up to Mr. Slinger. Lilly’s story shows that it’s okay to get excited, but sometimes you have to wait until the right time to share your excitement.