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Kevin Henkes

  Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse (Hardcover) 

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Kevin Henkes (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Picture Story Books; Book Theme: School life

"Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" by Kevin Henkes is one of the best children's books of the 20th century. Lilly the mouse loves school and her teacher Mr. Slinger. But one day Lilly brings a brand new purple plastic purse to school and shows off the purse at an inappropriate time. When her teacher has to take the plastic purse away, Lilly becomes angry. At the end of the school day, Lilly gets her purse back along with a thoughtful note from her teacher. In the end, Lilly retains her good feelings for school life and her teacher. This picture book appeals to kindergartners and first graders. "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" is a good real-aloud book for both home and classroom. Apart from fun reading, the book can also be used to teach appropriate classroom behavior.

  Kitten's First Full Moon (Hardcover) 

Kitten's First Full Moon

Kevin Henkes (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books

Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, winner of the 2005 Caldecott Medal, tells a sweet story of a kitten's struggle to get that bowl of milk in the sky. In this charming picture book, a kitten sees her first full moon and thinks that is a bowl of milk for her to drink. How much she wants it! The kitten licks, jumps, chases and runs, but she never seems to get closer to the full moon. Finally, the kitten goes back home and finds a big bowl of milk on the porch. Simple black-and-white illustrations capture the kitten's actions and emotions very well. The texts are easy to read and include repetitive catching phrases like "Poor Kitten" that will grab young readers' attention. Kitten's First Full Moon is a good children's picture book for toddlers and preschoolers.