|Lilly and her boots|
|My daughter's boots|
My five-year-old daughter wears a pair of red cowboy boots that remind me of Lilly's. They aren't exactly the same, as my daughter is quick to point out to me, but quite similar. At the library today we checked out Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse so that I could introduce her to a character with the same fashion sense.
I haven't read the book in a while. Reading it to her this afternoon I was so impressed with Mr. Slinger. Why he struck me so today I am not sure. Possibly when I read the book previously I was a more patient, understanding teacher than I am at the moment.
In case you haven't read the book, the basic story is that Lilly brings her new purse, sunglasses, and quarters to school and ends up distracting everyone with them. Mr. Slinger, very gently, takes them away until the end of the day. Lilly is furious. At the end of the day Mr. Slinger returns her things to her with a sweet note and bag of snacks. He even encourages her to bring them back to school, as long as they aren't distracting.
Mr. Slinger recognizes Lilly's genuine excitement about her new things. He tries to help her hold off until the appropriate time to share them, but when she can't he gently takes them with the promise of keeping them safe until the end of the day. Then he manages to return them with encouragement to try again tomorrow, both in his spoken words and in his note.
Images of Lilly from Kevin Henkes' lovely site.