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Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum (original 1991; edition 2007)

by Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)

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Tags:Chrysanthemum, Victoria, flower, teasing, nickname, identity

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Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (1991)


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Chrysanthemum is such a cute book with an excellent message for children. It shows aspects of self esteem and drama within the young classrooms that happen everyday. The book shows that different is good and everyone is unique!
  Bcurr | Nov 23, 2015 |
Even though Chrysanthemum hated her name in the beginning she learned in the end to like it. ( )
  akd010 | Nov 21, 2015 |
Chrysanthemum was named after her grandmother. She was a lovely baby with an even more lovely name. When Chrysanthemum began school, her peers made fun of her because of her name. Chrysanthemum really looked up to her teacher, and her teacher stood up for Chrysanthemum. Chrysanthemum's teacher was also named after a flower and had a very unique name. Young readers will enjoy reading about Chrysanthemum as she learns to be proud of her name and who she is because everyone is unique in his or her own ways. ( )
  mmh349 | Nov 13, 2015 |
44 months - a well written and enjoyable book with a message for both the kid being teased about their name and those who tease. My husbands' big complaint, the sheer number of times the name Chrysanthemum is the text. It is a mouthful at times. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
I really liked the book, Chrysanthemum, because of the colorful illustrations and the message that the book conveys. The written text goes very well with the illustration. I like that I do not need to even read the text to understand what is happening throughout the book. The main message of the book is to be proud of what makes you different from others. I really like how this book provides the reader with hope throughout the story as we go with Chrysanthemum on her journey of acceptance of herself. I really like how the characters are believable because despite being mice, the storyline sounds like something could take place today. ( )
  Ashult1 | Oct 19, 2015 |
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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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