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Chrysanthemum Big Book by Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum Big Book (original 1991; edition 2007)

by Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)

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Title:Chrysanthemum Big Book
Authors:Kevin Henkes
Other authors:Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
Info:Greenwillow Books (2007), Paperback, 32 pages
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Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (1991)


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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 |
This book is about a small mouse girl who loves her name since the day she was born, but when she starts school the other kids make fun of her name because of how long it is. The music teacher then shares a special thing with them, she has a long name too and loves it. This book is great for students to learn about acceptance and that everyone has feelings. ( )
  AshleySurbrook | Nov 24, 2018 |
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  kaetlynsandoval | Nov 6, 2018 |
This is a book about a young mouse named Chrysanthemum. Chrysanthemum absolutely adores her name until she starts kindergarten. Once she starts kindergarten other people in her class with shorter names start to make fun of her name and how long it is. She then wishes her name was different. The girls at school say that it is “stupid” that she is named after a flower and they threaten to “pick” and “smell” her. When Chrysanthemum comes home and her parents find out about the events, they try and comfort her, however it does not really work. Then, the esteemed music teacher Mrs. Twinkle discloses that she wants to name her future baby the prettiest name she has ever heard, Chrysanthemum. After Mrs. Twinkle discloses this Chrysanthemum begins to blossom again. I could relate to this as well, because as I mentioned before my name is slightly unique. The actual name itself is not that unique, however, the spelling is. Therefore, in school I have experienced people asking me why my name was spelled the way it is, and some brief and mild criticism for my name, so I can relate to Chrysanthemum on some level. ( )
  cconsolian | Nov 5, 2018 |
Chysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.
  reassist | Nov 1, 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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