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

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Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (1991)

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This is a great read on the first day of school! This is a great way to begin an introductory to the school year. Some students will be able to relate to a long name or not liking their name. Great for the Elementary level. ( )
  KRW15 | Apr 30, 2015 |
This story is helpful for teaching the perspective of one who is bullied because of their name. It can be used a read-aloud and then teaching a mini-lesson about voicing one's thoughts in writer's workshop. ( )
  Kdd026 | Apr 29, 2015 |
The message shows that when you feel right about a situation and someone comes along and judges you, you should not care what others think of it because it makes you happy. Also, be strong to your opinions and likes. The book could be used in Kindergarten through 2nd grade focusing on self-esteem, individuality, opinions, and bullying.
  biancagrhm | Apr 29, 2015 |
This is a beautiful story about unique names and could also carry on the meaning that name-calling makes others feel bad, is not nice and should not be done. This is a great story to read to a class at the beginning of the school year to teach about respect and kindness and talk about how students should act and behave friendly with one another. "Treat others how you want to be treated"
  mmg020 | Apr 28, 2015 |
I use this book to teach my student about beginning, middle and end. It was a good mentor text to use while teaching the students in Writer's Workshop. The book has a lot of detail in the story and talks about how she is feeling and what she is thinking. ( )
  chretaylor | Apr 28, 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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