One of Kevin Henkes' most endearing characters is Lilly who appears in several of his mouse books. As a special treat, Debbie Rossignol offered to come read her own special version of one of the Lilly books, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. Debbie is a third grade teacher at Chets Creek and has twins in first grade. She read for both of her children's classes - her own unique rendition of the book.
After Debbie finished reading the book, she invited the children to meet Lilly in the form of a live little white mouse. You won't believe what happened next! Debbie dropped the little white mouse and chaos erupted! You'll be glad to know that Debbie dropped the mouse by mistake. I'm not sure who was the most scared - the teachers or the mouse! Thank goodness, Mrs. Ruark did finally rescue the little mouse and we settled him into a rolling ball and a much quieter week with the class. However, there is no doubt that the class will remember this book - and Lilly's visit - for a long time to come!