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Chrysanthemum (1991)

by Kevin Henkes

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Series: Henkes' Mouse Books (5)

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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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Independent Reading Level: Kindergarten
Awards/Honors: None ( )
  Taylorsapp | May 4, 2023 |
Picture books for children
Writing Style
Names, Personal
Self-esteem in children
  kmgerbig | Apr 5, 2023 |
Chrysanthemum is a wonderful read for young readers. At the beginning, Chrysantemum was named after a beautiful flower and grew up (to school age) loving her name and thinking it was absolutely perfect. But as soon as she started school, that was not the case. Everyone laughed at her and made fun of her, and she soon started dreading school and dreading her name. Her family- reassured her at home that her name was unique and perfect, but Chrysanthemum was still incredibly dreadful. A turning point in the story came when the class's favorite music teacher explained that her name was very long like Chrysanthemum. Her name was Delphinium, another kind of flower. That made Chrysanthemum beam and bloom as she suddenly was proud of her name again. Her classmates pretended to have a name that was a flower as well. This story teaches acceptance and difference, both of which should be stressed in the lives of young children. ( )
  AshleyNettleton | Feb 23, 2023 |
Chrysanthemum is teased in school because of her name but learns to love it anyway.
I love this book's theme because it teaches that all names are special!
  lily.parker | Feb 1, 2023 |
Teaching children to be different, it is good to be your own person and stay true to that.
  Erindignam03 | Dec 13, 2022 |
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The day she was born was the happiest day in her parents' lives.
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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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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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