Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum is a funny and honest school story about teasing, self-esteem, and acceptance to share all year round.

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 don’t-miss classic, especially for back to school.

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?

This popular picture book has sold more than a million copies and was named a Notable Book for Children by the American Library Association. “Perfectly executed in words and illustration, Chrysanthemum exemplifies Henkes’s talent for creating true picture stories for young audiences.”-The Horn Book

This is an ideal break-the-ice book for the first week of school. It get children thinking about and bonding with their own names and the names of everyone else in the class, and it’s the perfect vehicle for starting a discussion about treating classmates with tolerance, kindness, and compassion.

I spent a week at a family member’s house and they had a young child that really enjoys reading and being read to. This week’s book is “Chrysanthemum” which is a great book for 4-5 year olds who need an introduction to bullying and how to deal with it.

It’s also a great book for introducing counting letters in names. Chrysanthemum has 13 letters by the way, it doesn’t even fit on her name badge.

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