Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum

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by Kevin Henkes
     
 

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Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, the nationally bestselling and celebrated creator of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Owen, and Kitten's First Full Moon, Chrysanthemum is a funny and honest school story about teasing, self-esteem, and acceptance to share all year round.

Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely

Overview

Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, the nationally bestselling and celebrated creator of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Owen, and Kitten's First Full Moon, Chrysanthemum is a funny and honest school story about teasing, self-esteem, and acceptance to share all year round.

Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect—until her first day of school. "You're named after a flower!" teases Victoria. "Let's smell her," says Jo. Chrysanthemum wilts. What will it take to make her blossom again?

This popular picture book has sold more than a million copies and was named a Notable Book for Children by the American Library Association. "Perfectly executed in words and illustration, Chrysanthemum exemplifies Henkes's talent for creating true picture stories for young audiences."—The Horn Book

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- She was a perfect baby, and her doting parents chose a name to match, Chrysanthemum. She is proud of her musical name until kindergarten, when she finds herself in a world of strange new names such as Sue, Bill, Max, Sam, and Joe--in short ( really short) a world of ordinary monikers. That wouldn't be so bad if the others--like Victoria--hadn't made a mean-spirited game of tormenting her, sending her home in tears to be comforted with cuddles and Parcheesi. Wisely, Chrysanthemum's concerned and loving parents try not to interfere, but what can't be put right by them is dealt with by lucky chance. The class learns that their popular music teacher not only has a whopper of a name herself--Delphinium--but also plans to name her expected baby by the prettiest name she has heard, Chrysanthemum. The charming mouse with her delicate little face seems just right for her name. The range of expression and emotion Henkes conveys in his pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are ``absolutely perfect.'' The impressionistic floral backdrops and patterning reinforce the story's lighthearted, yet tender theme. This sensitive story will strike a chord with young children, particularly those who also have difficult or unfamiliar names. --Joan McGrath, Education Centre Library, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688147327
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/28/2008
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
10,417
Product dimensions:
8.66(w) x 6.48(h) x 0.29(d)
Lexile:
460L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Kevin Henkes has been praised both as a writer and as an illustrator. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Owen and Waiting; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Penny and Her Marble and for Waiting. His other books include Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

www.kevinhenkes.com

Kevin Henkes has been praised both as a writer and as an illustrator. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Owen and Waiting; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Penny and Her Marble and for Waiting. His other books include Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

www.kevinhenkes.com

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Madison, Wisconsin
Date of Birth:
November 27, 1960
Place of Birth:
Racine, Wisconsin
Education:
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Website:
http://www.kevinhenkes.com

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Chrysanthemum 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 116 reviews.
Elena Anderson More than 1 year ago
I love this book I must have read it a hundred times! It is a great book and very amusing for children.
Tracy Thomas More than 1 year ago
Even my six year old son liked this book. It a nice example on how sometimes kids can be mean and how it doesn't take much to change their minds!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my ABSOLUTE favorite book when I was a kid. I read it over and over. I HIGHLY recommend getting this for your child, and if you are a child, READ IT! It's sooo cute & entertaining, but also, I think it teaches a pretty good lesson.
E Gordon More than 1 year ago
This book is a sweet read that kids love, while showing teaching them about being different in a simple plot. Kids grasp that Chrysanthemum only dislikes her name because of bullies and that she can do nothing to change her name. This shows the real problem lies in the bullying. Kids easily understand the moral and love the happy ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When my six yr old sister got this book in the mail, I fell in love. I love weird names and Chrysanthemum is the best. The book teaches a great lesson on accepting your differences and loving yourself. And it's really cute too! Great for anyone to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book chysanthimum w is a very good book indeed. There are 4 activities throughout the book. They include tapping on mrs. Twinkle to hear her sing, decorating the page with chysanthamums, drawing in the dirt and some fun triva on the the classes names. There are fun animations in the pictures along with sound effects in wich you can hit again to hear it again. Very fun. Narration is not annoying in my opinon.
basson_mommy12 More than 1 year ago
All of us have felt nervous about the first day of school: will the other kids like me? Will my teacher be nice? Enter Chrysanthemum, the mouse with a beautiful name picked especially for her by her loving parents. Unfortunately, the other kids at school don't think her name is so beautiful and Chrysanthemum has a crisis of identity. Oh, why can't she have a simpler name? Chrysanthemum is a delight for all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes talks about a mouse who had always loved and appreciated her name, Chrysanthemum, until she goes to school and everyone makes fun of her name. Her parents ensure her that her name is beautiful and special, but students at her school say otherwise. Finally, when they meet their music teacher whose name is a flower name and learn that their teacher¿s baby will be named Chrysanthemum, they stop mocking her and she feels very proud of her name. With this book, the teacher can teach the concepts of self-esteem and acceptance. In addition, the concepts of print, sense of story and sequencing, vocabulary and background knowledge can be taught through this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book! This is a fantastic read for people of ALL ages, whether your reading level is college, or you cant even read yet and your parents read it to you. Fantastic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it so much as a 13 year old
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We have always loved this story and nook did an excellent job bringing it to life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorite books! I love it and i think everybody should read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think its a great learning book because it teaches kids that its wrong to bully and how it makes people feel so your kids will love it because it teaches them not to do it and how it makes other people feel so it lets it make kids just think about their actions and how it makes other kids feel and to stop doing it if they are so im just helping anyone out there if u know if your kids are getting bullied or are bullying someone
Mom-and-Me More than 1 year ago
This is one of our favorite stories. Being unique is a good thing. The story is wonderful and the illustrations are terrific. This is highly recommended by our family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book its GREAT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chrysthmum is a awesome book. It's about the kids at school laugh at her because she has a loooong name.Then the muisc teacher made her feel beter because she was pregnt and she said she would name it chrysnthmum. By, Lizzle
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book alot when I was little" Its an all time favorite!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story and lesson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my Nook Tablet. After I locked the page configuration, by tilting it and clicking on the on the key lock icon in the bottom corner. Also, you can increase the size of the pages, check the manual for directions. It is a charming book about a cute little mouse with a big name. The drawings are really sweet. There are a lot of words and pictures. The book has a womderful lesson about loving your name and yourself, regardless of what bullies at school may say. At the end, the young mouse has renewed her self confidence. Highly recommend for young children. It is also enjoyable for parents.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chrysanthemum is an awesome book! I almost read this book all the time at night! My mom reads it to me all the time at night. I love it. My favorite part is when they change their names. My favorite name was Lily of the Valley.
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Sweet book! The pictures, narrator, mini games & sound effects are adorably fun! Thrilled it was $1.99 in lieu of $6.99! :)
Roo13KM More than 1 year ago
This is our favorite of Kevin Henkes' books - the words just taste delicious to read aloud. Chrysanthemum's parents are charming and their joy in their daughter is a delight. The vocabulary is fun and different, and the drawings of Chrysanthmum's outfits are detailed and expressive. I buy a copy for everyone!