Bibliographic Information: Henkes, Kevin. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. London: Hodder Children’s, 1998. Print.
Brief Annotation: This story is about a young girl who greatly enjoys her teacher until one day, when her opinions have changed and she does something that she later regrets.
Grade Level: K-3
Readers who will like this: I think this story will work well for those readers who are developing and working to improve their reading skills. Many students will be able to make a personal connection to this story and that will help with their comprehension of the story.
Rating/ Response: 5 – This story does an excellent job of reaching students and bringing them into the reading by presenting a situation that have most likely found themselves in.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: Who has ever gotten in trouble at school?
Reading strategy: Synthesizing
Rationale for strategy: This story can go beyond simple comprehension by analyzing why Lilly chose to misbehave. It can also become deeper level thinking and understanding by having students reflect upon their own experiences using Lilly’s as a base.
Posted by: Katie de St. Aubin