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도 서 명(79) Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
저   자Kevin Henkes
출 판 사Troll
대상연령6~10세


릴리는 학교생활이 너무 즐겁습니다. 뾰죽하게 깎은 연필, 칠판에 분필로 낙서하기, 자기만의 프라이버시를 보관할 수 있는 책상, 맛있는 학교 점심... 모두 릴리가 좋아하는 학교생활의 일부이지만 특히 릴리가 좋아하는 것은 바로 멋장이 슬링거 선생님이시죠. 어느날 릴리는 할머니가 사주신 멋진 선글라스를 쓰고, 한 손에는 예쁜 보라색 비닐지갑을 들고 학교에 갔어요. 릴리는 자기의 새로운 선글라스와 지갑을 자랑하고 싶어서 견딜 수가 없었어요. 수업시간 내내 지갑을 들고 흔들다가 결국은 슬링거 선생님께 꾸지람을 들었습니다. 선생님은 방과 후에 선글래스와 지갑을 돌려주겠다고 말씀하셨어요. 화가 난 릴리는 자유시간에 선생님을 도둑으로 묘사한 그림을 그려서 선생님 가방에 몰래 집어 넣었어요. 학교 수업이 끝난 후 지갑과 선글래스를 돌려받은 릴리는 지갑 속에 슬링거 선생님의 따뜻한 편지와 과자봉투가 든 것을 발견하고는 자신의 행동이 얼마나 창피한 일인지를 깨닫게 되었지요. 집에 돌아온 릴리는 선생님과 사과편지를 쓰고...

미국의 학교생활과 미국선생님들의 자상함을 엿볼 수 있으며, 참 교육에 대해 다시 한번 생각하게 하는 책입니다.



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Paperback - 32 pages
ISBN: 0688128971
책 크기 : 26.1cm x 19.2cm

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Amazon.com
The irrepressible mouse heroine of Chester''''s Way and Julius, the Baby of the World returns for another true-to-life and very funny episode. Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, Mr. Slinger--until he takes away her musical purse because she can''''t stop playing with it in class. Lilly decides to get revenge with a nasty drawing of "Big Fat Mean Mr. Stealing Teacher!" but when she finds the kind note he put in her purse, she''''s filled with remorse and has to find a way to make things right again. Children will sympathize with Lilly''''s impulsive mistake and laugh uproariously at the witty and expressive pictures of the very human mice. In a starred review, Publisher''''s Weekly called this book "sympathetic and wise."


Publishers Weekly
Lilly the mouse idolizes her teacher Mr. Slinger, But when she comes to school flaunting three jingly quarters, movie-star glasses and a purple plastic purse "That played a jaunty tune when it was opened," she interrupts Mr. Slinger''''s lessons on "Types of Cheese" and words that rhyme with "mice." After one too many disruptions, he confiscates the purse until the day''''s end. Lilly, humiliated, takes revenge by slipping a mean drawing into Mr. Slinger''''s book bag--only to open her purse and find a conciliatory note from her hero. Caldecott honoree Henkes (Owen) understands Lilly''''s enthusiasm for her prize possessions, but astutely shows that Lilly goes too far when she acts up in class ("She''''s in trouble," whispers a classmate in a voice-bubble aside). The perfectionistic watercolor-and-ink illustrations, in vignettes and panels, are as sharp as the narration. Henkes communicates Lilly''''s emotions through her eyes, so that when she goes from "sad" to "furious," her eyebrows shift from U-shaped dips to hard slants; he also enlivens his scenes with tiny details, like Mr. Slinger''''s copy of Stuart Little. The author/artist offers useful, timeless advice for apologizing to a friend and resolving a conflict. A sympathetic and wise treatment.


Kirkus
Lilly (Julius, The Baby of the World, 1991, etc.) is back, and in school. She loves everything about it, especially her wonderful teacher, Mr. Slinger. One morning Lilly is happier than ever because her grandmother has given her movie star sunglasses, three shiny quarters, and a purple plastic purse that plays a tune when it''''s opened. She''''s dying to show her new things to her friends. But when she talks out of turn and distracts the class, Mr. Slinger confiscates her treasures for the day. Suddenly he becomes "BIG FAT MEAN MR. STEALING TEACHER!" in Lilly''''s eyes, and she leaves him a note telling him so. Then she finds Mr. Slinger''''s own note to her, along with some snacks: "Today was a difficult day./Tomorrow will be better." Helped by her parents, a remorseful Lilly manages a heartwarming reconciliation with her teacher.

Henkes once again demonstrates his direct line to the roller-coaster emotions of small children. With a slightly more complicated plot than those of Lilly''''s previous adventures, this one employs understated humor throughout. The illustrations do an exceptional job of amplifying the text: Lilly dances with excitement, flashes with anger, wanes in remorse, and leaps right off the page with joy.


Booklist
Oh Lilly. You sure are lookin'''' good--and don''''t you know it. Lilly, the delightful mouse-girl featured in Julius, the Baby of the World (1990), has started school, and she loves everything about it, from the squeaky chalk to the fish sticks in the lunchroom on Friday. Most of all, she loves her teacher, Mr. Slinger, who wears hip clothes and greets Lilly''''s artistic achievements with an impressed, "Wow!" So it''''s only natural that when Lilly gets flashy sunglasses and a brand new purple purse, she can''''t wait to show them off to her classmates and teacher. Mr. Slinger has other ideas; he would like Lilly to wait until sharing time. Alas, that isn''''t possible, and soon Lilly''''s new accoutrements are sitting in Mr. Slinger''''s desk drawer-- and Lilly is furious with her teacher. As usual, Henkes gets it all just right: Lilly''''s pure delight in school, her adoration of Mr. Slinger, and her fury at his betrayal. What child won''''t identify with Lilly''''s urge to get back at Mr. Slinger with a nasty picture and mean words--and her longing to make it right again when he sends her home with a treat and a note that says tomorrow will be a better day. All of the bustling, inventive artwork is a pleasure to look at, but a particular joy is Henkes'''' ability to define Lilly and her mood with just a few deft pen strokes. A simple curved mouth line shows a range of emotions--anger, disappointment, hurt. The whole book, art and text, is lovingly layered to express the mixed emotions that all of us experience. That Henkes is able to bring this perplexity--and its sometimes sweet solutions--to a child''''s level is his gift.