Box of Treats: Five Little Picture Books about Lilly and Her Friends

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Five little picture books about Lilly and her friends to share all year long.

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Five little picture books about Lilly and her friends to share all year long.

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Publishers Weekly
Youngest book lovers will clamor for A Box of Treats: Five Little Picture Books About Lilly and Her Friends by Kevin Henkes. This sweet handful of board books will be quickly devoured, time after time: Lilly's Chocolate Heart; Owen's Marshmallow Chick; Wemberly's Ice-Cream Star; Julius's Candy Corn; and Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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This is indeed a collection of delicious treats (Shelia Rae's Peppermint Stick, Julius's Candy Corn, Wemberley's Ice-Cream Star, Owen's Marshmallow Chick and Lily's Chocolate Heart). Originally published individually, these five little books have been packaged together to introduce kids to Lily and her friends, or for those who know them to enjoy all over again. Sheila Rae has one peppermint stick. It is striped and thin and delicious. Her younger sister Louise wants its. Shelia Rae teases Louise and finally gets her comeuppance when she falls and the stick breaks in half. At which point Louise points out that there are now two and as Sheila Rae had said earlier, if she had two she would certainly share. Not to be outdone Sheila Rae hugs her sister and says she planned to share it all along. The pictures and expressions are wonderful and it's great to see sibling rivalry turn to sweet solidarity. It's Halloween and Julius is having a party. Sitting on the table were homemade cupcakes studded with candy corn. When his mother tells him not to eat the cupcakes, he decides to count the candy corn instead. After one comes "another candy corn" and "another candy corn" until Julius has counted them all. As he counted them, however, he popped each one in his mouth. But the cupcakes are still there when his friends arrives. Parents will recognize the literal way young children think. It is almost time for bed on Valentine's Day and Lilly has just one red foil wrapped heart left. She decides to save it and looks for the perfect place to keep it. Each place she checks just isn't suitable: Then Lilly discovers the perfect place—and pops it into her mouth. One hot day Wemberly isgiven an ice cream star. Ever the worrier, she is afraid it will drip on her dress. Then she realizes her stuffed rabbit Petal doesn't have any. She waits patiently for the ice cream to melt into two bowls. They both eat ice cream soup: "And neither of them spilled a drop." Oh what joy, it is Easter morning and Owen's basket is full. He can't wait to start enjoying all of the goodies. Among his favorites are the jellybeans, which he promptly devours, then the gumdrops, next the butter cream eggs and another favorite, the chocolate bunny. There is only one item left, a yellow marshmallow chick that looks just like his fuzzy yellow blanket. Owen plays with his chick all day and when evening comes, he puts it on his shelf with a sweet kiss goodnight. Henkes had created a tribute to holiday sweets, and this latest compilation doesn't miss a beat. 2004, Greenwillow/HarperCollins, Ages 1 to 3.
—Marilyn Courtot and Sharon Salluzzo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060732110
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/26/2004
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 267,741
  • Age range: 4 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes is the author of Junonia, Sun & Spoon, Bird Lake Moon, and the Newbery Honor Book Olive's Ocean. He also writes and illustrates picture books, and among his many titles are the national bestsellers Little White Rabbit, My Garden, Old Bear, A Good Day, and Kitten's First Full Moon, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal. Mr. Henkes is also the creator of a series of books starring mouse characters, including the Penny books for beginning readers, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum, and Owen, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor.

Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

Kevin Henkes is the author of Junonia, Sun & Spoon, Bird Lake Moon, and the Newbery Honor Book Olive's Ocean. He also writes and illustrates picture books, and among his many titles are the national bestsellers Little White Rabbit, My Garden, Old Bear, A Good Day, and Kitten's First Full Moon, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal. Mr. Henkes is also the creator of a series of books starring mouse characters, including the Penny books for beginning readers, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum, and Owen, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor.

Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

Biography

Kevin Henkes still owns some of his favorite books from childhood. "They're brimming with all the telltale signs of true love: dog-eared pages, fingerprints on my favorite illustrations, my name and address inscribed on both front and back covers in inch-high lettering, and the faint smell of stale peanut butter on the bindings," he says in an interview on his web site.

Back in his peanut-butter sandwich days, Henkes dreamed of becoming an artist. By high school, he had combined his love of drawing with a newfound interest in writing, and at age 19, he took his portfolio to New York City in hopes of finding a publisher. Young Henkes returned home from his weeklong trip with a contract from Greenwillow Books, and he's worked as a children's writer and illustrator ever since.

Henkes's style has evolved over the years to include more humor, more whimsy and a lot more mice. Though he began illustrating his picture books with realistic drawings of children, he's since developed a recurring cast of mouse characters rendered in a more cartoon-like style -- though with a range of expressions that make the spirited Lilly, anxious Wemberly, fearless Sheila Rae and sensitive Chrysanthemum into highly believable heroines. Owen, the story of a little mouse who isn't ready to give up his tattered security blanket, won a Caldecott Honor Medal for its winsome watercolor-and-ink illustrations.

Many of Henkes's mouse books deal with such common childhood ordeals as starting school, being teased and getting lost. Chrysanthemum, about a mouse whose new schoolmates tease her about her name, was inspired by Henkes's own feelings when he started school. "The book is about family, and how starting something new and going out into the world can be very hard," he told an interviewer for The Five Owls. "I remember going to kindergarten -- my grandfather had a beautiful rose garden, and he gave me the last roses of the season to bring to the kindergarten teacher the next day. I don't even remember how it happened, but an older kid took these flowers from me on the playground, and I remember coming home, feeling awful." As a grown-up, Henkes is able to translate difficult childhood transitions into stories that are both honest and reassuring. In a review of Chrysanthemum, Kirkus Reviews noted: "Henkes's language and humor are impeccably fresh, his cozy illustrations sensitive and funny, his little asides to adults an unobtrusive delight."

Henkes has also written novels for older children, in which he "explores family relationships with breathtaking tenderness" (Publisher's Weekly). In The Birthday Room, for example, a twelve-year-old boy learns the reason for his mother's long estrangement from her brother, and helps effect a reconciliation. "Refreshingly, Henkes has given us a male protagonist who is reflective, creative and emotionally sensitive," wrote Karen Leggett in The New York Times Book Review. "Ben feels the anguish of his mother's long-simmering bitterness and his uncle's agonizing guilt. Yet at a time when it is almost a fad to blame dysfunctional families for problems, we learn that even though there are never simple answers and not many fairy-tale endings, families can heal."

Though his novels are more complex and serious than his picture books, all Henkes's works suggest an author with deep empathy for the intense emotions of childhood. As a Publisher's Weekly reviewer wrote, "Behind each book is a wide-open heart, one readers can't help but respond to, that makes all of Henkes's books of special value to children."

Good To Know

Henkes's wife, Laura Dronzek, is also an artist. She painted the cover illustration for Henkes' novel Sun and Spoon and illustrated his picture book Oh!.

Henkes has turned down requests to use his mouse characters in a television series, but some of his books are available in video form in Chrysanthemum and More Kevin Henkes Stories. The video's narrators include Meryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker and Mary Beth Hurt.

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse has been adapted into a stage play.

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    1. Hometown:
      Madison, Wisconsin
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 27, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Racine, Wisconsin
    1. Education:
      University of Wisconsin, Madison
    2. Website:

First Chapter

A Box of Treats
Five Little Picture Books about Lilly and Her Friends

Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick

Julius's Candy Corn

Wemberly's Ice-cream Star

Owen's Marshmallow Chick

Lilly's Chocolate Heart

A Box of Treats
Five Little Picture Books about Lilly and Her Friends
. Copyright © by Kevin Henkes. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

    great teaching tool

    These books are great examples of small moments. I use them to help my first graders learn about a small moment of time!

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