There are a few well-known, popular kids’ authors that I fell in love with when I was teaching, but my absolute favorite is Kevin Henkes. His illustrations and writing style are right up my alley and my students loved his work just as much as I did. When I was choosing books for this Summer Fun Reading Series, I automatically knew that I had to use one his first books that I ever read, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. The best part? The activity that goes along with this book makes for a perfect last-minute Father’s Day gift!
Summary: Lilly is a sassy little mouse with a big personality that loves everything about school and her teacher, Mr. Slinger. When Lilly bring some new things to share at school, she has a hard time following directions and gets very mad at Mr. Slinger. When Lilly realizes that it was all a big misunderstanding, she feels awful and writes an apology note to her beloved teacher.
Activity: As part of the apology letter, Lilly draws a picture of Mr. Slinger and labels the picture with all of the good qualities she likes about him. I thought this would a perfect activity for Luke to complete of his dad and boy, was he excited when we started on it! You’ll notice that the pictures of Luke working don’t quite match the final product. Luke got so excited about his first pictures that he wrote and colored the entire page, so much so that it was virtually unreadable. His second attempt was much more successful.
By simply placing it in a nice frame, it becomes a treasured piece of art letting dad know how much he means to your little ones. Perfection.
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