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Lilly's Big Day

by Kevin Henkes

Published by Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2006
32 pages
ISBN: 0-06-074236-4

Ages 4-8

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The irrepressible mouse Lilly is back in another full-length picture book written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes. When Lilly’s teacher Mr. Slinger announces that he is getting married, Lilly immediately imagines herself in the role of flower girl. Even after her parents explain that it wouldn’t be fair for Mr. Slinger to single her out among all the students in the class, Lilly persists in her belief that he will ask her. Never one for subtlety, Lilly drops very big hints to Mr. Slinger, who gently explains that he has asked his young niece, Ginger, to be flower girl. To assuage Lilly’s obvious disappointment, Mr. Slinger suggests she be Ginger’s assistant, which she grudgingly accepts. When the big day arrives, Lilly hopes Ginger will be sick. But Ginger arrives looking as poised and practiced as Lilly . . . until her big moment. Lilly’s flair for creative problem solving and dramatic presentation save the day, even as she proves herself a kindhearted, encouraging mentor in a story full of attitude, grace, style, and humor—in a word, that’s Lilly! Highly Commended, 2007 Charlotte Zolotow Award  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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