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Chrysanthemum

by Kevin Henkes

Paperback, 32 pages

Published by Mulberry Books (2008-12-30)

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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 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

One Potato Review

Chrysanthemum is clearly a less belligerent cousin of Henkes’ Lilly who also – irrepressibly – loves going to school, but is willing to throw some brickbats along the way, either that or she cannot help herself. Chrysanthemum is made of softer stuff, but this author is rarely content to talk down to his readers, and as always there’s someone around to blurt out what everyone is thinking – in this case her parents: “They’re just jealous,” says her mother about the knuckleheads at school who would think to make fun of her name. “And envious and begrudging and discontented and jaundiced,” adds her father. These books are like that: literate, and not afraid to take sides. For many ages. 

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