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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book when I was little. So glad I get to read it to my daughter too!Published 2 days ago by Tori U.
Loved this book as a child myself and still love to read it to my kids today!Published 15 days ago by KG
A classic! Great book to begin discussions about bullying and most importantly, having pride and being comfortable with who you are. Read morePublished 21 days ago by olivia rios
This was a story of a mouselet named Chrysanthemum. She was bullied because her name was too long and it was also a flower. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dion Kid
I love this book with the little mouse with an impossibly long name. But it also teaches kindness, and teaches us to accept others as they are. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jean
Great story but very long for Kindergarten. The text is too much for K so I find myself shortening it or showing the cartoon versionPublished 2 months ago by Amber M.
Adorable book. Story is about a girl who learns to love her name after having some doubt after some teasing from other girls. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Megan McMahan