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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is one of my favorite children's books. All of us get stuck with the names our parents choose and sometimes we wish for a different name--I remember wishing I had something... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Kit-Kat75
My mother bought me this book as a child. My parents have since lost count of how many times I made them read it to me. I have a unique name for a girl. Ronni. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Ronni Moses
The most wonderful book, sweet and simple with a heartwarming message.Published 19 days ago by Tmomma
This book is so cute. If you are a teacher there are a lot of activities you can find that go along with this book. Good for the beginning of schoolPublished 21 days ago by Lisa A. Minkley
This such a cute story. Love it! WE don't get to choose our name- our parents do and this is a great story addressing the feelings of a young mouse who is ridiculed for her name.Published 22 days ago by Deborah K. Hayford