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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
Other authors: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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I love reading this book at the beginning of the school year with the lower grades! As we get to know one another, this is a particularly powerful story to share. This is great for the PYP theme "Who we are" ( )
  jkrnomad | Jul 1, 2016 |
Chrysanthemum is a good read with a better message. Poor Chrysanthemum loves her name, except for when she starts going to school and everybody makes fun of it. I enjoyed the small but important character development of Chrysanthemum throughout her three days of school. At first she loves her name, then she hates it because of what everyone tells her, but eventually she learns to love it again. It was sweet and endearing to see her music teacher stand up for her, and show the students that it's OK for others to be different, and that being different does not make you less of a person...or mouse. I enjoyed the pictures as much as the words in this book The illustrations were large and colorful, which really caught my eye and helped to carry the story. The big message of this children's story is that differences should be celebrated. ( )
  ccalla8 | Apr 18, 2016 |
I liked this book because it focuses on bullying. Children deal with this everyday.
The language is repetitive "It's everything you are," said her mother. "Absolutely perfect," said your father." The writing is engaging because the author uses words that describe a flower such as wilted. The characters are somewhat believable they are mice, but all portray real people. The point of view is third person, but it follows around the main character. The plot is organized and consistent. The little girl gets made fun of she goes home and feels better. The illustrations are bright colors. The main idea of the story is to show students what bullying is and it what is does to each other. ( )
  mgladi1 | Apr 14, 2016 |
Chrysanthemum is a fictional picture book which teaches self-esteem. Chrysanthemum was a little girl who loved her name but when she started school she was bullied about her name. Because the other children made fun of her name she hated it. This book tells the story of building self-esteem. ( )
  emilyjeffries16 | Apr 11, 2016 |
Chrysanthemum is a normal child until she starts at her new school. Chrysanthemums' classmates make fun of her name. She is then introduced to her music teacher who also has a unique name and she helps Chrysanthemum be confident in her name. Chrysanthemum is then in love with her name. This book would be good to read to students to show them that everyone is different and theres no reason to be mean to someone just because they aren't like you. ( )
  aw1486 | Apr 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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