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Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum (original 1991; edition 2007)

by Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)

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Authors:Kevin Henkes
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Tags:Chrysanthemum, Victoria, flower, teasing, nickname, identity

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Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (1991)


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I love this book and how the author used such a unique name to teach students that they should be proud of who they are. This book has great illustrations and include great vocabulary for students. ( )
  SarahA5752 | Oct 17, 2016 |
Chrysanthemum loved her name and the way it looked on just about everything. However, when she started school, things started to change. The kids mentioned how it barely fit on her name tag and even tried to pick her like a flower. Chrysanthemum was not happy and now dreaded her name. However, when she met her music teacher, Mrs. Twinkle, she comes to realize that not only was her name long like hers, but it was also the name of a flower. She even announces that she loves the name Chrysanthemum. If her unborn baby is a girl, then her name will be Chrysanthemum too. Many children get bullied and teased because of the name that they were given. However, it is our job as teachers to try to combat these types of issues. Teasing is not okay, and I know for sure that Chrysanthemum felt a little bit better that day. ( )
  Sierra.Coupel | Oct 13, 2016 |
There are multiple reasons I like this book. First, the illustrations match very well to what is going on during every page. Second, the writing is organized and engages students to see the ups and downs Chrysanthemum faces when it comes to her name, Third, the characters are believable and the reader will become connected to Chrysanthemum. The big idea is to show students why it is not okay to make fun of someone for something that they are given, like their name.
  ccox16 | Oct 13, 2016 |
This book is a great book to teach children to be confident in who they are and their uniqueness. The book teaches children that it is wrong to make fun of others and that it is not what a friend does. Chrysanthemum is a good back that addresses issues with younger students at a kid-friendly level. I like that this book encourages students to be confident and to not worry what others think about you.
  Jaymand | Oct 12, 2016 |
Chrysanthemum is a mouse with a long and unique name. She was named after a flower and loves her name. That is, until the first day of school where she is teased over her long name. She becomes very negative and just wants to be accepted. Her parents keep telling her to ignore what other think and to love her name anyways. Mrs. Twinkle, the music teacher steps in and informs the class that she is named after a flower too and that's when the whole class decides they like her name and they want to be named after flowers too. This helps Chrysanthemum feel better and she loves her name again.

This book is a great story to reinforce being kind to others. I plan to keep this book in my classroom and reading it when I see that teasing may be happening. It also is a good message for acceptance, confidence, and loving yourself and your uniqueness which is a lesson all children need to hear. ( )
  Ashley.Setzekorn | Oct 11, 2016 |
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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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