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10 best picture books for children

- Daisy Alioto, Monitor contributor

2. 'Lily's Purple Plastic Purse,' written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Lily's prize purple plastic purse is confiscated by her teacher when it becomes a classroom disruption. Lily, who has a flair for drama, feels betrayed by her idol and plots her revenge. In the end, Henkes sweetly reconciles the two, proving that forgiveness can be perfectly portrayed in less than 40 pages. 


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