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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-When her teacher, Mr. Slinger, announces that he is going to marry Ms. Shotwell, the school nurse, the indomitable Lilly takes her role as flower girl at their wedding for granted. Of course, he hasn't asked her-yet-but the young mouse commences practicing her very slow walk, eyebrows raised, hands in front grasping her imaginary bouquet. Her parents give her reasons why her plan might go awry. Do you understand-¦? they ask. I understand that I'm going to be a flower girl, she responds. At school, she writes Mr. Slinger a note, declaring herself The World's Best and Most Famous Flower Girl. He finally persuades her to be an assistant to his niece, and Lilly rises to the rescue in a surprise twist that satisfies everybody. Henkes's familiar watercolor cartoons elaborate on the witty text. The desperate looks on Lilly's parents' and Mr. Slinger's faces are priceless. Full-page vignettes depict the little protagonist proudly practicing her flower-girl walk, which is eventually taken up by all the wedding guests at the reception. Adults will especially enjoy the shopping scene in which the sales lady pronounces Lilly adorable and her Granny silently quips, in small doses. But big doses of this feisty rodent will suit her many fans just fine.-Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT
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*Starred Review* Pres-K. Lilly returns to some wonderful news: her beloved teacher, Mr. Slinger, is getting married. "It will be the biggest day of my life," he says. "Mine, too," whispers Lilly, who has always wanted to be a flower girl. Lilly, in cowboy boots and boa, marches around the next spread in many and varied poses--smiling brightly, looking demure, eyebrows raised, always with her hands in front of her, carrying an imaginary small bouquet. Lilly tells her parents that she's going to be Mr. Slinger's flower girl, but they inform her that since he hasn't asked her, that probably won't happen. Sure enough, some niece named Ginger has been tapped for the role, which makes Lilly both sad and mad. Mr. Slinger tries to smooth the situation by appointing Lilly Ginger's assistant, a not entirely satisfactory compromise until Lilly finds a way to share the spotlight. As in the previous books about Lilly, Henkes catches the hopes and dreams of children along with their stubborn belief that the world will turn the way they push it. And though Henkes mines no new ground artistically, he provides so many clever, captivating touches in each scene, there's always something new to look at. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; First Edition edition (March 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060742364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060742362
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of close to fifty critically acclaimed and award-winning picture books, beginning readers, and novels. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon in 2005. Kevin Henkes is also the creator of a number of picture books featuring his mouse characters, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Lilly's Big Day and Wemberly Worried, the Caldecott Honor Book Owen, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. His most recent mouse character, Penny, was introduced in Penny and Her Song (2012); her story continued in Penny and Her Doll and Penny and Her Marble (a Geisel Honor Book). Bruce Handy, in a New York Times Book Review piece about A Good Day, wrote, "It should be said: Kevin Henkes is a genius." Kevin Henkes received two Newbery Honors for novels--one for his newest novel for young readers, The Year of Billy Miller, and the other for Olive's Ocean. Also among his fiction for older readers are the novels Junonia, Bird Lake Moon, The Birthday Room, and Sun & Spoon. He lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin. You can visit him online at www.kevinhenkes.com.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Linda J. Perlis on November 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Our little granddaughter was preparing to be a "flower girl" at the age of 2!

So reading this to her for a couple of weeks ahead of time was such

a good idea -- and so helpful.

We substituted the names of our own family members where we could,

and ad-libbed into the book as needed.

She loved it!

AND she marched down that aisle with her little basket of flowers

with such purpose! It was a very exciting time -- the book was enormously

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By FictionAddiction.NET on May 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Sweet Lilly is back with another adventure for her fans. This time, she's convinced she'll be the flower girl when her teacher announces he'll be marrying the school nurse.

Lilly practices and practices. "It will be the biggest day of my life," she says.

But when her teacher says he's already picked his niece Ginger to be the flower girl, Lilly's heart is broken. Her teacher doesn't want to let Lilly down, though, so he lets her be Ginger's assistant.

Lilly's still disappointed but she takes her new role as a flower girl assistant very seriously and brags to everyone how important assistants are in a wedding. Once it sinks in that she won't be the one walking down the aisle and carrying the flowers while everyone watches, she takes one more shot at trying to be the number one flower girl by asking over and over again if Ginger is really sure she wants to fulfill her role.

Ginger is convinced she's walking down that aisle. Until it's time for her to go, of course. Ginger completely freezes and can't move.

Only Lilly knows what to do. All her flower girl practice pays off as she prances down the aisle carrying Ginger, smiling brightly and hearing everyone clap when she makes it to where her teacher is standing waiting on his bride.

"I knew this would be the biggest day of my life!" she says.

Lilly's Big Day is geared to the 4-8 reader level but it's also a good book to sit and enjoy with younger children. The story is an easy read for budding readers and author and illustrator Kevin Henkes took no shortcuts with his beautiful illustrations. Many pages even have multiple illustrations of Lilly in action.

Lilly learns patience and teamwork during her adventure. She forms a special friendship with Ginger, the girl she envied just days before. The overall story is both a good lesson and a fun read for children.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Barbara J. French on April 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My 4 year old daughter adores all of Kevin Henkes' books, especially the Lilly ones. I had to refrain from telling her that there was a new one coming out until I finally had it in my hands. I must confess, though, that even though I pre-ordered the book back in January, Amazon didn't deliver when originally promised...so the wait was a bit longer.

The book is worth the wait. Splendidly illustrated it teaches a wonderful lesson in coping with something that doesn't go quite according to the way Lilly dreams it will go.

I'm not sure who enjoys this book more my daughter or her mommy. It is sure to be a classic. Thanks Mr. Henkes for continuing the Lilly series.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
When I lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota I had the unique privilege of getting to see the city's world-renowned children's theater perform a play based on three of Kevin Henkes' Lilly books. The show began with "Chester's Way", continued with "Julius, Baby of the World" and ended with "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" (which is rightly considered a classic to this day). I loved the show, but now I have a regret. If only if only "Lilly's Big Day" could have been a part of the proceedings. Reading it now it's clear that Henkes still has his finger planted firmly on the pulse of the Lillyverse. As Lilly's grandmother points out, her granddaughter is adorable, "in small doses". Our heroine is just as bold, brash, and single-minded as ever. And as with every one of her adventures, all turns out well in the end.

Big news, people. Big big news. Mr. Slinger, the nicest teacher a kid like Lilly ever had, is getting married. And you know what THAT means? A wedding. And do you know what a wedding means? It means that somebody is going to be the flower girl, and Lilly has a pretty good idea of who exactly that should be. In her spare time she gets ready practicing her walk and stance. She also drops subtle hints in front of Mr. Slinger. Hints like mentioning that a flower girl is what she has always wanted to be, "Even more than a surgeon or a diva or a hairdresser". During recess she picks handfuls of weeds and walks significantly in front of Mr. Slinger. She even draws beautiful pictures of herself in the role. You can understand then that when Mr. Slinger gently explains to her that his niece Ginger will be the flower girl, Lilly is distraught. Kindly, Mr. Slinger tells Lilly that she can be the flower girl's assistant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Crowley on October 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This children's book, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, is absolutly amazing! The illustrations are colorful, detailed, and really fun to look at. The actual story itself is a great one to read to children. Just like all of Kevin Henkes books, this story has a moral to it that all chidren can relate to. Lilly wants to be her teacher's flower girl. However, she does not get what she wants becuase Mr. Slinger asks his niece to be the flower girl instead. The book shows how Lilly handels this situation in a positive manner. It is a fun book to read with a good moral background and excellent illustrations! Props to Kevin Henkes on creating such an excellent children's book!
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