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Chrysanthemum Hardcover – Picture Book, September 16, 1991
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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.
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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
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- Publisher : Greenwillow Books; 1st edition (September 16, 1991)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0688096999
- ISBN-13 : 978-0688096991
- Reading age : 2 - 6 years, from customers
- Lexile measure : 570L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 8 x 0.38 x 9.88 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #43,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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