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Chrysanthemum (original 1991; edition 2007)

by Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)

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Title:Chrysanthemum
Authors:Kevin Henkes
Other authors:Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
Info:Greenwillow Books
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Chrysanthemum, Victoria, flower, teasing, nickname, identity

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Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (1991)

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Summary: A little girl mouse with a different kind of name her name was Chrysanthemum. Being teased about her name she learns how to accept and love her name.
Personal: I love this book because the troy gives a great example on how to learn and accept yourself and know what makes you special.
  KatieAnn2018 | Feb 12, 2017 |
Chrysanthemum loves her name and thinks it is absolutely perfect. That is until she goes to school and other kids make fun of it. They think it is too long and and can barely fit on a name tag. They also laugh because she is name after a flower. She begins to think her name is absolutely dreadful. Until her music teacher reveals that she is also named after a flower and she thinks her name is absolutely perfect. The kids then forget all about their feelings about her name before and embrace Chrysanthemum.

I use this book for open circle often. It is a book I revisit over and over again. I help create social stories for students who are being picked on using this book as a mentor. ( )
  Kelleighk1 | Dec 14, 2016 |
I really enjoyed reading this book. In my opinion this book would be a great book to read aloud to young students in elementary school because it teaches a valuable lesson, expresses vivid and meaningful artwork and also teaches some challenging vocabulary words. I really liked the illustrations in this book because there was a purpose for each and every one. For example in the beginning of the book the author was explaining how the main character Chrysanthemum loved her name and the way it looked. She said she liked the way it was written with ink on an envelope, the way it was written on her birthday cake and the way she wrote it with her big fat orange crayon. For each way she said she liked how her name was written there was an illustration that went along with it. This book also introduced some challenging vocabulary which I thought was good because readers could be able to use context clues to figure out what the words meant. Some of the words were scarcely, and dreadful. I really feel that this book had believable characters and that it really pushes young readers to think about tough issues such as bullying. In the book Chrysanthemum gets bullied about her name being weird or "not normal" but she has to learn to overcome her bullies and accept her name. She learns that if she likes her name that is all that matters.
  MackenzieVenezia | Dec 13, 2016 |
Chrysanthemum thinks her name is perfect, until she goes to school. People at school make fun of her because her name is long and she is named after a flower. Mrs. Twinkle (Delphinium) tells the students that her name is also long and she is also named after a flower; the students stop teasing Chrysanthemum and admire her name so much that they want to be named after a flower. I liked this book for two reasons. First, I liked the author's use of language. For instance, whenever Chrysanthemum is sad it says, "Chrysanthemum wilted." This is making a connection between Chrysanthemum and a flower, which can wilt. Second, the characters were believable. The book shows the reader what it is like to be bullied, to be a bully, or to help someone who is being bullied. Chrysanthemum is being bullied, her classmates are being bullies, and Mrs. Twinkle helps someone who is being bullied. The overall message is that it is good to be unique. ( )
  hollyjones | Dec 13, 2016 |
Summary: Chrysanthemum loves her name until she goes to school. The other children with short, simple names make fun of her, saying that their names are better and suddenly she wishes she had a short, simple name too; or that she had been named after a relative. but eventually she learns that her name is special, it is unique and special, just like she is.

Critique/Review: Chrysanthemum is a lovely story about learning to love oneself no matter what others think or say. Chrysanthemum faces a problem many children can relate to, which is having a name or nickname that others consider silly or weird. But she also overcomes that adversity, giving readers an excellent example of being happy with one's self and rising above the meanness of others.

Activity/Craft Elements: What is one way Chrysanthemum's new classmates could have been nicer to her?
How would you feel if someone made fun of your name? ( )
  lmguest | Dec 9, 2016 |
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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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