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Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum (original 1991; edition 1991)

by Kevin Henkes

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Authors:Kevin Henkes
Info:Greenwillow Books (1991), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 32 pages
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Tags:Child2010, picture book, Week 3

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Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (1991)

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In this story, Chrysanthemum's parents gave her the most perfect name they could think of and Chrysanthemum loves it. That is, until she starts school. The other kids make fun of her name and she starts to wish she had a simpler name. But then, her music teacher who loves her name, helps her and the other kids see the beauty in being named after a flower. ( )
  Jordyn.DeGuiseppi | Feb 24, 2019 |
Chrysanthemum's parents gave her the most perfect name they could think of and Chrysanthemum loves it - until she starts school. When the other kids make fun of Chrysanthemum's name, she starts to wish she had a simpler name, like Jane. Then her beloved music teacher, Ms. Delphinium Twinkle, helps Chrysanthemum (and the other kids) see the beauty in being named after a flower. This story shows how easily children's self-esteem can be damaged, and how easily it can be built up too. It's always hard for kids to feel different, whether it's because of a name or anything else. This book helps children put themselves in those shoes and build their own empathy. ( )
  adrouet | Feb 11, 2019 |
This story is great for students on the first week of school. It is about showing kindness and love to everyone. Chrysanthemum goes to kindergarten for the first time and she gets made fun of because of her long name. She is heartbroken until she meets her teacher Mrs. Twinkle who loves her name. Then all of the kids want to have a name that is named after a flower. It is a great lesson for students how important it is to be kind and that it is ok to be different. ( )
  rshane1 | Jan 27, 2019 |
Chrysanthemum is getting picked on and poked at all because of her name. She is named after a beautiful flower. Her parents are very supportive and reassuring of Chrysanthemum. Learn how she solves this problem and gains self-confidence in herself. ( )
  kbengtson | Jan 24, 2019 |
This book is about a little girl who is named after a flower. All of the kids in her class make fun of her name everyday and she gets really upset about it. Once they go to music class for the first time they find out that their teacher is named after a flower also. This is a great book for kids to learn about bullying. ( )
  nmoss1 | Nov 29, 2018 |
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The day she was born was the happiest day in her parents' lives.
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My favorite of all the MANY Kevin Henkes books I've read recently, Chrysanthemum is the story of a little girl mouse who believes that her name is perfect... until some nasty girls at school tell her differently. Henkes resolves the story beautifully -- with a teacher who also has a long flower name -- and is sensitive throughout to the hurt that Chrysanthemum feels. Henkes' child protagonists are always supported and always found to be in the right, and the resolution always comes in a way that isn't mean-spirited.

A wonderful, comforting book for young children, with enough clever asides in the illustrations to keep parents engaged as well.
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Until Chrysanthemum started kindergarten, she believed her parents when they said her name was perfect. But on the first day of school, Chrysanthemum begins to suspect that her name is far less than perfect, especially when her class dissolves into giggles upon hearing her name read aloud. That evening, Chrysanthemum's parents try to piece her self-esteem back together again with comfort food and a night filled "with hugs, kisses, and Parcheesi." But the next day Victoria, a particularly observant and mean-spirited classmate, announces that Chrysanthemum's name takes up 13 letters. "That's half the letters in the alphabet!" she adds. Chrysanthemum wilts. Pretty soon the girls are making playground threats to "pluck" Chrysanthemum and "smell her."

Kevin Henkes has great compassion for the victims of childhood teasing and cruelties--using fresh language, endearing pen-and-ink mouse characters, and realistic dialogue to portray real-life vulnerability. He also has great compassion for parents, offering several adult-humor jokes for anxious mommies and daddies. On the surface, the finale is overly tidy and the coincidences unbelievable. But in the end, what sustains Chrysanthemum, as well as this story, is the steadfast love and support of her family. And because of this, the closure is ultimately convincing and utterly comforting. ALA Notable Book, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Horn Book Fanfare Honor List. (Ages 4 to 8) --Gail Hudson

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Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.

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