Kevin Henkes

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

October 29, 2018
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Let's try to understand each other a little bit more.

I think it's a great book, because it shows something that kids, like my four-year-old, would totally do. When he had a new pair of shoes, he walked into preschool telling everybody about them, even though we got there late and the teacher was talking to the other kids. He can't hold his enthusiasm inside, and that's an extremely common thing for kids. They have to learn respect for other people and their time, especially when others are trying to learn in a group context.

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Message: 

Making a mistake is not permanent. You can fix things that you did wrong. Or, when you're at school, you need to let the teacher talk without distracting the other children.

My Garden

May 18, 2018
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Living chocolate bunnies would be kind of gross, though.

I feel like it's going to give kids ideas that that kind of thing actually could happen. I understand that imagination is awesome, I do. But you can you can have a great imagination, and also have respect for the natural world and the hard work that people put into gardens and things like that.

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Message: 

A magic garden would be awesome. Or, imagination is cool.

Chrysanthemum

December 24, 2017
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Deus ex flora.

Why couldn't the music teacher just say, "Guys, seriously, shut up. Flowers are awesome," or anything like that? What is a kid reading this book going to do if somebody makes fun of their name and nobody cool has a name like theirs? It's stupid. The book isn't bad. It doesn't send a bad message. It's just that it doesn't offer a real solution to the real problem that it shows.

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Message: 

Don't be embarrassed about your name because cool people have weird names too.

Birds

September 22, 2016
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Quick review.

Review: 

Fairly boring book about birds and what they are like in general terms and what if clouds were birds or they left streaks in the sky from their tails blah blah.

Message: 

Birds are cool.

Owen

September 22, 2016
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Quick review.

Review: 

Cute. Boy loves his blanket but his nosy neighbor nags his parents to try to get rid of it. Eventually school is starting and his mom makes it into handkerchiefs, which are acceptable to everyone, including boy.

Message: 

Sometimes things change as you grow up, but it's not always bad.

Lilly's Big Day

September 22, 2016
Subheader: 

Quick review.

Review: 

A girl's teacher is getting married, and she assumes she will be flower girl, but he wants his niece to. Eventually he says she can be flower girl assistant, and she ends up carrying the nervous niece down the aisle.

Message: 

You can get what you want if you're cute enough.