Chrysanthemum

by Kevin Henkes (Author) Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)

Chrysanthemum
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Chrysanthemum 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?

Hornbook Guide to Children

Perfectly executed in words and illustration, Chrysanthemum exemplifies Henkes's talent for creating true picture stories for young audiences..

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2— She was a perfect baby, and her doting parents chose a name to match, Chrysanthemum. She is proud of her musical name until kindergarten, when she finds herself in a world of strange new names such as Sue, Bill, Max, Sam, and Joe—in short ( really short) a world of ordinary monikers. That wouldn't be so bad if the others—like Victoria—hadn't made a mean-spirited game of tormenting her, sending her home in tears to be comforted with cuddles and Parcheesi. Wisely, Chrysanthemum's concerned and loving parents try not to interfere, but what can't be put right by them is dealt with by lucky chance. The class learns that their popular music teacher not only has a whopper of a name herself—Delphinium—but also plans to name her expected baby by the prettiest name she has heard, Chrysanthemum. The charming mouse with her delicate little face seems just right for her name. The range of expression and emotion Henkes conveys in his pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are "absolutely perfect." The impressionistic floral backdrops and patterning reinforce the story's lighthearted, yet tender theme. This sensitive story will strike a chord with young children, particularly those who also have difficult or unfamiliar names. —Joan McGrath, Education Centre Library, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Copyright 1991 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission

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Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780688096991
Lexile Measure
570L
Guided Reading Level
M
Publisher
Greenwillow Books
Publication date
September 19, 1991
Series
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