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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395629810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395629819
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #872,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Caple, who brought young readers The Biggest Nose, now introduces Katie. Katie loves the noise her Band-Aid box full of coins makes when she rattles it. But when her older sister Marcia insists that big girls have purses, Katie uses her money to buy one. She finds, however, that an empty purse is less satisfying than a Band-Aid box full of coins; she spends the rest of this story ingeniously resolving her problem. The Purse has a number of homely virtues. It introduces the uses and value of money in a gently instructive fashion. And it presents an average family in a warm domestic atmosphere. As she gardens with her mama and shops for groceries with her papa, Katie is reaping the rewards of being part of a caring family. The text is simple; the expressions on Katie's face document her earnest pursuit of a solution, from worried knit eyebrows to that last wide smile.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1 Caple's homey watercolor illustrations are the strength of The Purse . As with her earlier The Biggest Nose (Houghton, 1985) , she uses minimal features to capture completely the varying moods of her characters, especially those of her willful protagonist. Katie's older sister Marcia convinces her that keeping her money in a Band-Aid box is babyish and that she ought to have a grown-up purse. Katie spends all her money to buy a purse, only to face the frustration of having nothing left to put in it. By doing chores for her mother, father, and sister, she manages to have both her new grown-up look and the comforting ``clinkity-clinkity-clinkity'' noises of her Band-Aid box. Caple's story is predictable, and the action is minimal. However, Katie's determined nature as she works to get just what she wants gives the tale a strength of character that will appeal to young children. Although not a ``must'' purchase, The Purse follows in the footsteps of Udry's What Mary Jo Shared (Whitman, 1966) as a pleasant introduction to the idea of creative problem-solving. Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, The Wheeler School, Providence, R.I.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cambridge reader on February 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
I love this book. A resourceful little girl saves money, spends money, and earns money. Includes an early lesson in buyer's remorse! (Without being preachy or overbearing.) Plenty of pictures to break up the text on each page. There is repetition throughout which appeals to the toddler listener. I also like that it's the dad in this book who goes grocery shopping and the mom who works in the yard. The whole family feels very real.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Critical eye on February 20, 2012
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I love this book. Not only are the girls not stereotypical, it teaches good lessons: don't let people talk you into things you don't really want; know why you are doing/purchasing something; and the value of hard work and money. The book is well written and the characters are interesting.
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