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Chrysanthemum Big Book Paperback – October 2, 2007
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Chrysanthemum feels that her name is absolutely perfect. She likes how it looks and she likes how it sounds and she likes that it is her name alone. Everything's going great until Chrysanthemum starts school. Suddenly everyone's making fun of her name. She has a class full of Sams and Eves and Victorias. There doesn't seem to be a place for a girl with as wildly original a name as Chrysanthemum. One student in particular, Victoria, makes it her goal to continually ridicule poor little Chrysanthemum day in and day out. Talking about it with her parents helps a little, but the next day the same thing occurs. It seems that Chrysanthemum is doomed to be unhappy until she meets the music teacher Mrs. Twinkle. Mrs. Delphinium Twinkle. And suddenly everything in Chrysanthemum's life is a whole lot better.
I liked the moral of this lesson and the way in which Chrysanthemum learns that it's okay to be original.Read more ›
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Really great childrens book. Awesome storyline, and illustrations. My daughters love it, and I loved this author as a kid.Published 1 day ago by Morgan Bellwether
My daughter has an unique name and this book was the best resource to help her embrace her namePublished 22 days ago by Rachel G
This book is filled with wonderful language. It is perfect for any child that has a unique name. I've been reading it to my daughter since she was a baby.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
I could hardly wait to read this book to my child! I love a story that teaches children to embrace their uniqueness! Such a good read!Published 1 month ago by JMroz