Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum 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 pe

  • Title: Chrysanthemum
  • Author: Kevin Henkes
  • ISBN: 9780590135658
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 agaUntil 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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    1. “Chrysanthemum” is a cute tale from Kevin Henkes about how a young girl mouse named Chrysanthemum tries to appreciate her long and unusual name when she goes to school and is teased by her classmates. “Chrysanthemum” is a truly heartwarming story that children will easily enjoy for many years.Kevin Henkes has done an excellent job at both writing and illustrating this book. Kevin Henkes’ story about how Chrysanthemum starts to loathe her name because some kids teased her about her name [...]

    2. I really and for all intents and purposes do much love Kevin Henkes' Chrysanthemum and on an intensely personal and emotional level at that, and firmly believe that it is a story to which especially those of us (and really both children and adults) who have unusual, foreign sounding or simply imaginative first names can easily and readily relate (like me, for example, with a given name like Gundula). And first and foremost, Chrysanthemum is therefore and even simply a sweet and evocative story a [...]

    3. This is just a darling book. Having saddled my eldest with a somewhat unusual name, I used to read this book to him frequently in the hopes that he would absorb the message that an unusual name is something you can be proud of. I can't say for sure whether this story made a difference, but he likes his name and has never let anyone's teasing change his mind. Chrysanthemum is so much fun to read. I do wish that the epilogue was just a little different. The last page has the mean girl making a mis [...]

    4. I loved the subplot, told only in the pictures, wherein the father consults archaic psychological texts in order to understand his daughter's distress.

    5. I enjoyed this book and reading the discussion about it. I liked the attention to detail in the illustrations. For example, the books Dad was reading or the chalkboard with words. I also smiled at the little mice sleeping, some of them with their arms strait up in the air. Too funny! I got a kick out of the students names listed on the page seeing Kay and Max next to each other. I will have to share this book with Kaylee and her cousin Max when they are old enough to read. As for the story itsel [...]

    6. For a basically sweet book, I think it’s a tad too mean at the end, unnecessarily so. But, it can be a helpful book for young kids who have unusual names or get teased for their names, or teased for any other reason. Good also for kids who tease others or those who have witnessed other kids being teased. In other words, just about every young child.

    7. Poor Chrysanthemum! As a parent, I can surely relate to the teasing that children can dish out. My son was much like Chysanthemum, confident in himself and excited about going to school. But he had to deal with being teased too - as son many kids are. What I liked about the book was that it showed how much power grown-ups have to deal with this sort of thing. Mrs. Chud ignored it, but dear Mrs. Twinkle lifted Chysanthemum up as a child who should be envied, not made fun of. And soon, the other k [...]

    8. Very cute illustrations and a sweet portrayal of a loving, happy family soften a realistic portrayal of how mean and xenophobic children can be, and how easily a child can be excluded and made to feel abnormal.

    9. Chrysanthemum loves her name, her parents picked just the right oneat is, until she goes to school and all the kids laugh at her name and tease her. "She's named after a flowerher name doesn't fit on a nametag", etc. Chrysanthemum is depressed and disappointed when she gets home from school, but her parents bolster up her self-esteem. The other kids don't see the light, though, until a very thoughtful, insightful teacher comes to her rescue and saves the day! Chrysanthemum is a great read-aloud [...]

    10. I absolutely love reading this book with Catherine. I love the cadence of "Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum" over and over. I love her outfits. I love how she loves her name and is her own personrr mouse. I love how loving her parents are (and can we talk about her dad's excellent vocabulary and supportive reading habits?) I love how the mean girls get their due in the end and want a little share of Chrysanthemum's unique and magical spirit. Maybejust maybe I would like to be Chrysanthe [...]

    11. Chrysanthemum is an award-winning picture book written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes. The story is based on a little girl’s journey of dealing with her very unique name. She starts loving her name, until she is teased about it at school. Eventually with the help of her teacher, Chrysanthemum is able proudly love her name again. Chrysanthemum falls into the realistic fiction category, because it is believable and relate-able. This a great book to introduce to a classroom because the emotions [...]

    12. I'm not in the habit of rating the dozens and dozens of children's books I read to my kids, but I had to review this one. This is a terrible book and I can't figure out why the heck everyone thinks it's so wonderful! Basically, it's about a girl named Chrysanthemum who doesn't like her name, because she gets teased and bullied for it (her friends have 'normal' names). Then, one of her teachers tells Chrysanthemum how much she loves her name and that she wants to name her baby (the teacher is pre [...]

    13. I would use this book to introduce the meaning of bullying to my classroom. It teaches us that words can hurt people's feelings. Children can learn to acknowledge and reconsider their comments before they express them to the group or to a classmate. However, I truly believe this book could have been better if her parents engaged a conversation with Chrysanthemum about her feelings. They did not encourage her to speak up to them or to her classmates about how she felt. Her mother said to her that [...]

    14. Really cute book! Its one of the only books that i enjoy reading to my one year old sister!*sigh of pleasure*

    15. Summary: This wonderful book is about a young mouse named Chrysanthemum, who loves her long name until a girl named Victoria and her friends, Rita and Jo, tease her about it. However, a pregnant music teacher (Mrs. Delphinium Twinkle) defends her, saying how a lot of people have long names and that even she's named after a flower, too. Chrysanthemum's family comforts her as well. At the end of the story, Mrs. Twinkle gives birth to a girl and decides to name her Chrysanthemum.Evaluation: I reall [...]

    16. One Word Review Game/Challenge: Chrysanthemum - this repetition was used pretty frequently.My Review: There was a lot of repetition used throughout the book - specifically mostly with "Chrysanthemum" - and I think it makes a good book for children. There are some children books that I don't necessarily enjoy, or think make good ones for children, but I did enjoy this one, and it was one of my go-to's when I was younger, for sure. I still do enjoy it, and it's a good read.

    17. Chrysanthemum is coming into your own story about a little girl named Chrysanthemum who just loves her long and beautiful name. When she starts school a few of her classmates begin to make fun of her name and how long it is. Chrysanthemum begins to lose the affection that she once held for her long and perfect name. Mrs. Twinkle, her pregnant music teacher, reveals that she also has a long name and is named after a flower. Mrs. Twinkle continues to inform the class that she loves Chrysanthemum's [...]

    18. A little white mouse named Chrysanthemum LOVES her moniker, that is until she begins school. That is until an adored teacher named Delphinium helps her and her classmates think of her name in a flattering way.This story is a little long for pre-school age children and perhaps a little out of their experience but it is wonderful for K - 3.

    19. What an adorable book for children beginning school! Chrysanthemum is a little mouse who believes her name is as special as she isuntil she begins school and all of her classmates taunt her for it. She allows them to break her spirit despite several attempts from her parents to lift her up. One day Chrysanthemum's class goes to music class where they meet their new music teacher: Mrs. Twinkle. The entire class loves her. When Mrs. Twinkle overhears the students mocking Chrysanthemum's name she d [...]

    20. This is just a fantastic book! I've loved this one for years. I feel it'll be used and loved in classrooms for many years to come. It's a great tale of acceptance, among many other things, and I just thoroughly enjoy sharing this tale each year. It's always a book that is constantly found in the hands of my students.

    21. A classic Henkes picture book I enjoyed as a child and now deeply appreciate as an adult who can pick up on his witticisms and who is the mother to a daughter named Zinnia.

    22. I enjoyed this book as a kid and still do as an adult. What first drew me to this book were the illustrations. I loved the flowers and all the different mice. The story was easy to understand and definitely relatable. Chrysanthemum is bullied because her name isn't basic, so all the kids made her feel terrible about it. Later, Chrysanthemum realizes there is nothing wrong with her name and embraces it while other kids accept it too. I think kids would enjoy this book because everyone experiences [...]

    23. Chrysanthemum is a great book to read to the children about accepting one another for who they are. In this book, Chrysanthemum loves her name until she goes to school and others start teasing her for her name. They make fun of her because her name is so long and she is named after a flower. Chrysantemum's teacher is pregnant, and says she may name her baby Chrysanthemum because it is such a beautiful name. The kids come to love Chrysanthemum's name, and they too want to be named after flowers. [...]

    24. This is a precious book about a mouse who is named after a flower. Her parents tell her it fits her perfectly because she is perfectly, perfect. Kids at school tease her as her name is too long. The little mouse is dreadful of her name as the kids continue to make fun of her. At the end of the story, her music teacher is pregnant and considers naming her daughter the same name as the mouse with the long name, because indeed the name is perfect and beautiful. The students begin to realize and acc [...]

    25. Text-to-Self Connection "Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum!" she would sing to herself because Chrysanthemum absolutely loved her name. She thought that it was simply perfect! Up until her first day of school that is. That's when her feelings had changed. The other children would tease her everyday about her name until one day something or should I say some "indescribable" someone had set a different tone to the class. Who could it be? When I was a young child, I also disliked my name. [...]

    26. “Her name must be everything she is,” said her mother.“Her name must be absolutely perfect,” said her father. And it was. Chrysanthemum. Told in the fun and humorous language of Kevin Henkes, Chrysanthemum is the story of one special mouse with an equally special name! Henkes tells a heart-warming story with beautifully vibrant illustrations about embracing who you are—even with others have a hard time doing so! Chrysanthemum is a mouse with an eclectic name that she loves. She has no [...]

    27. On the first day of school a girl named Chrysanthemum was so excited to start school that she ran all the way there. As Mrs. Chud the teacher took roll call everyone giggled, the name Chrysanthemum was long and different than the other names. Rita, who was named after her grandmother made fun of her name and laughed because she was named after a flower. The other children began to tease her, Chrysanthemum was sad and did not think school was the place for her. Until one day when Mrs. Twinkle the [...]

    28. For my read-aloud book, I chose Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, I think it’s a perfect book to be read aloud. I would choose it mostly for lower levels such as first or second. Chrysanthemum is a small mouse whose parents wanted to have the perfect name for their new child. They wanted a name as perfect as their little girl already was. Growing up Chrysanthemum loved her name, loved the way it looked, sounded, and written. This is changed when school started and everyone else in her class whose [...]

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