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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 RoundChrysanthemum 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 Supports The Common Core State Standards

10 thoughts on “Chrysanthemum

  1. says:

    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 about loving, about appreciating one s name, about loving oneself, but also very much and even sadly a tale about bullying and schoolyard, classroom harassment and how this is often neither taken seriously enough nor even remotely successfully combatted For just look at Chrysanthemum s first teacher Mrs Chud, who annoyingly and really totally in all ways cluelessly does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING USEFUL with regard to Chrysanthemum being relentlessly and loudly ridiculed due to her name, except that she says something snarky and sarcastic to Victoria thank you for sharing that with us younger children often do not even get and understand sarcasm and satire and what Victoria sorely needs and requires is direct criticism from Mrs Chud or some other adult authority figure, actual, bona fide verbal chastisement and censure lasting consequences, an educational deterrent and lesson, so to speak And even Chrysanthemum s own parents, although they do tell her their daughter that she is special and that her name is perfect and try to coddle her a bit at home, really also do nothing even REMOTELY useful or all that practical about the relentless bullying itself, as they neither complain at school nor do they bother with confronting the teacher They simply and naively believe that by telling Chrysanthemum that her name is beautiful, everything will be alright, but the intimidation and nastiness just keep happening and yes, my parents did pretty much the same when certain popular morons at school started calling me Gondola instead of Gundula and made relentless fun of my German accent, but I guess it did not much help that one of my teachers also believed it was my own fault that I was being bullied as according to him, I was supposedly not trying hard enough to get rid of my accent, talk about victim blaming, and sadly, my parents agreed with the teacher and simply told me to try harder, pretty rich considering that they also had a similar if not even a pronounced German accent when speaking English However and that all being said, and while it does indeed and I think with some justification bother me how little and especially how few practical measures are taken by Mrs Chud and Chrysanthemum s parents by the majority of the adults in Chrysanthemum to confront both the nastiness and the bullies Victoria and her little gang of robot like acolytes , I actually very much do both cheer and heartily applaud Kevin Henkes for not shying away from featuring, from presenting this sorry factoid, this uncomfortable scenario, as in reality, it happens far often than any of us would care to think and even desire to consider for while it might indeed make especially parents and caregivers such as teachers potentially uncomfortable, it is the truth, or rather, it is the unavoidable and sadly frustrating reality of bullying and how it is approached that it is often really NOT handled or rather that it is time and again not successfully and intelligently dealt with.For to successfully combat schoolyard intimidation and nastiness, one usually and generally will need to actively confront both the bully bullies and their unacceptable behaviours, and the only adult character to really ever do this in Chrysanthemum in any positive and thoughtful manner is Mrs Twinkle the popular new music teacher , probably because she knows from likely equally painful personal first hand experience what name calling and bullying is like having the name Delphinium And she achieves a positive outcome and end in a manner that not only makes Chrysanthemum feel great and special about herself again, but it also makes the erstwhile bullies rather majorly ashamed and finally realise that Chrysanthemum s name is indeed not only unusual but also sweet and pretty however, if they have actually learned their lessons on a permanent and lasting basis, that will of course remain to be seen, as this is left open by Kevin Henkes.Now while I do realise that some readers tend to chafe a bit at the ending, the epilogue where Chrysanthemum giggles because her erstwhile nemesis Victoria has forgotten her assigned musicale lines , on a purely emotional and personal level, and after all of the relentless and loathsome teasing she has had to endure, I can certainly very well understand Chrysanthemum s reaction her giggling at Victoria And really, all she does is giggle a bit, not particularly friendly and nice, I guess, but Chrysanthemum does NOT in any way attempt to nastily and viciously humiliate Victoria in front of the entire class which is precisely what Victoria does with Chrysanthemum, and on numerous occasions, like when she raises her hand and pontificates to the entire class that Chrysanthemum s name contains thirteen letters And no, I am certainly not trying to excuse Chrysanthemum s behaviour as being in any way praiseworthy, but I can and do much understand and actually even rather appreciate it on a personal and emotional level and think that Victoria than richly deserves being mildly teased, as one reaps what one has sown, and a dose of one s own bitter medicine might actually and in fact be a healthy tonic for Victoria.And now finally, and as much as I appreciate and even oh so much love Kevin Henkes narrative, I do not really find his accompanying illustrations equally visually attractive and evocative although I do consider the pictures bright, fun and sweetly descriptive, and a than decent accompaniment to the presented, the featured text For since I cannot actually find anything in the narrative which indicates that Chrysanthemum deals specifically with mice and mouselike behaviour , I would most definitely prefer illustrations of and a story about human beings instead of anthropomorphic rodents but that is a small and entirely personal pet peeve, as I have actually never liked especially human like mice overly much, and especially not as pictorial offerings Four stars for Kevin Henkes Chrysanthemum and highly recommended

  2. says:

    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 is easily relatable to children who have also been teased about their names Also, the story does a great job at describing how much Chrysanthemum loves her name and even though she was teased about her name, she learns to accept her name and many children will learn that they should not let other kids tease them about their names and that they should accept who they are no matter what Kevin Henkes illustrations are cute as all the characters are mice that perform human activities such as dancing around on their hind legs The image that stood out the most was the image of Mrs Twinkle herself as the text describes how amazing she is and the image strongly reinforces that by having Mrs Twinkle look extremely beautiful and having a large stomach due to her being pregnant which is one of the few times I actually saw an image of a pregnant character in a children s book Chrysanthemum is a wonderful book about accepting who you are no matter what other people say that children will easily relate to and enjoy I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since there is nothing inappropriate in the content of this book.Review is also on Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  3. says:

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

  4. says:

    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 mistake and Chrysanthemum giggling about it It s reasonable for Chrysanthemum to feel some satisfaction at her enemy s downfall and I would feel the same way , but I find myself wishing that Chrysanthemum had been the bigger mouse and not enjoyed Victoria s flub so much It ends the story on a slightly sour note that keeps the book from being absolutely perfect.

  5. says:

    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 itself, I agree with all points made in the discussion group here on goodreads in the Children s Picture Book Club I do believe the bullying should have been addressed I wasn t too thrilled that Chrysanthemum giggled at Victoria after her mistake That isn t something I want my daughter to think is okay.I loved Mrs Twinkle and her interesting dress Not sure I could have rocked that dress when I was pregnant, but she sure did

  6. says:

    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 kids wanted to be like her.The illustrations were a little too cutesy for me, given the theme of bullying and teasing But I imagine for children, it might help draw them into the story and make the bullying feel less threatening.

  7. says:

    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.

  8. says:

    Chrysanthemum loves her name, her parents picked just the right onethat 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 for bullying educationsince bullying comes in many forms and in many ways Love the water color illustrations.

  9. says:

    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 person.errr 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 Chrysanthemum when I grow up In the mean time, if someone finds a dress with seven pockets for my secret treasures couldya help a sister out

  10. says:

    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.