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Chrysanthemum

by Kevin Henkes

Paperback, 32 pages

Published by Mulberry Books (2008-12-30)

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She was a perfect baby, and she had a perfect name. Chrysanthemum. When she was old enough to appreciate it, Chrysanthemum loved her name. And then she started school. "I'm named after my grandmother," said Victoria. "You're named after a flower." Chrysanthemum wilted. Life at school didn't improve. In fact, it got worse. Then the students were introduced to their music teacher, Mrs. Twinkle. Mrs. Delphinium Twinkle. And suddenly, Chrysanthemum blossomed....

Book Details:

  • Format: Paperback
  • Publication Date: 9/20/1996
  • Pages: 32
  • Reading Level: Age 4 and Up

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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