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Chrysanthemum (Mouse Books)

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  32,333 ratings  ·  924 reviews
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 funny and honest school story about teasing, self-esteem, and acceptance to share all year round.

Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect—until her first day of school. "You're named af...more
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Published December 30th 2008 by Greenwillow Books (first published January 1st 1991)
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Ronyell
Chrysanthemum

“Chrysanthemum” is a cute tale from Kevin Henkes about how a young girl mouse named Chrysanthemum tries to appreciate her long and unusual name when she goes to school and is teased by her classmates. “Chrysanthemum” is a truly heartwarming story that children will easily enjoy for many years.

Kevin Henkes has done an excellent job at both writing and illustrating this book. Kevin Henkes’ story about how Chrysanthemum starts to loathe her name because some kids teased her about her name is easil...more
Tara
This is just a darling book. Having saddled my eldest with a somewhat unusual name, I used to read this book to him frequently in the hopes that he would absorb the message that an unusual name is something you can be proud of. I can't say for sure whether this story made a difference, but he likes his name and has never let anyone's teasing change his mind.
Chrysanthemum is so much fun to read. I do wish that the epilogue was just a little different. The last page has the mean girl making a mis...more
Kitty
Forgive me one, forgive me all, I'm about to do what the school librarian, my teachers and my guardians told me never to do. I'm about to break one of the chief cardinal rules of the internet - I'm going to tell you all my real name.

Acacia.

Hello all, my name is Acacia. It's a romanization of a hellenization of what most scholars probably agree upon was an old Egyptian word, but it may go back farther than that. It's also a type of tree with the best, most delicious looking buttery yellow flowers...more
R.
Mar 29, 2009 R. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to R. by: NICHOLE
Shelves: 2009
I loved the subplot, told only in the pictures, wherein the father consults archaic psychological texts in order to understand his daughter's distress.
Cheryl in CC NV
Impulse grab while visiting the charming library in McDermitt, NV. I see other reviewers have slightly divergent reactions to this. I must say, it worked for me. I don't think I'd ever be brave enough to be so creative with my child's name, but if you are, get this book, then go for it.
Crystal Marcos
I enjoyed this book and reading the discussion about it. I liked the attention to detail in the illustrations. For example, the books Dad was reading or the chalkboard with words. I also smiled at the little mice sleeping, some of them with their arms strait up in the air. Too funny! I got a kick out of the students names listed on the page seeing Kay and Max next to each other. I will have to share this book with Kaylee and her cousin Max when they are old enough to read.

As for the story itsel...more
Lisa Vegan
Sep 11, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: very young kids (ages 3-6) who either have unusual names or who know others with unusual names
For a basically sweet book, I think it’s a tad too mean at the end, unnecessarily so. But, it can be a helpful book for young kids who have unusual names or get teased for their names, or teased for any other reason. Good also for kids who tease others or those who have witnessed other kids being teased. In other words, just about every young child.
Miriam
Very cute illustrations and a sweet portrayal of a loving, happy family soften a realistic portrayal of how mean and xenophobic children can be, and how easily a child can be excluded and made to feel abnormal.
Mary Jo
Chrysanthemum is an award-winning picture book written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes. The story is based on a little girl’s journey of dealing with her very unique name. She starts loving her name, until she is teased about it at school. Eventually with the help of her teacher, Chrysanthemum is able proudly love her name again. Chrysanthemum falls into the realistic fiction category, because it is believable and relate-able. This a great book to introduce to a classroom because the emotions th...more
Jackie
Chrysanthemum loves her name, her parents picked just the right one...that is, until she goes to school and all the kids laugh at her name and tease her. "She's named after a flower...her name doesn't fit on a nametag...", etc. Chrysanthemum is depressed and disappointed when she gets home from school, but her parents bolster up her self-esteem.

The other kids don't see the light, though, until a very thoughtful, insightful teacher comes to her rescue and saves the day! Chrysanthemum is a great...more
Dominick
This is a very good picture book, dealing subtly with several issues--identity, ego, bullying, ineffective parenting/teaching--all around how a girl feels about herself and her name before she goes to school, and then after she goes to school and discovers that the rosy world view presented by her parents does not conform to reality, when her classmates mock her for her odd name--and the teacher is ineffective in dealing with it, and the parents simply deal with it by feeding her bomoides that n...more
Amy Ballard
For my read-aloud book, I chose Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, I think it’s a perfect book to be read aloud. I would choose it mostly for lower levels such as first or second. Chrysanthemum is a small mouse whose parents wanted to have the perfect name for their new child. They wanted a name as perfect as their little girl already was. Growing up Chrysanthemum loved her name, loved the way it looked, sounded, and written. This is changed when school started and everyone else in her class whose...more
Bailey Ubellacker
I vividly remember reading this picture storybook as a small girl, so when I saw it on the list I knew I wanted to track it down to re-read it at an older age. Chrysanthemum was such a fun name to say and I never quite understood why she ever need to feel self-conscious about it. The pictures were just as bright and cheery as I remembered and I loved seeing what creative activity she would be doing. I really enjoyed watching Chrysanthemum age through the use of nine cleverly depicted images. I t...more
Jackie O'Neil
I would use this book to introduce the meaning of bullying to my classroom. It teaches us that words can hurt people's feelings. Children can learn to acknowledge and reconsider their comments before they express them to the group or to a classmate. However, I truly believe this book could have been better if her parents engaged a conversation with Chrysanthemum about her feelings. They did not encourage her to speak up to them or to her classmates about how she felt. Her mother said to her that...more
Kimberly B.
I'm not in the habit of rating the dozens and dozens of children's books I read to my kids, but I had to review this one. This is a terrible book and I can't figure out why the heck everyone thinks it's so wonderful! Basically, it's about a girl named Chrysanthemum who doesn't like her name, because she gets teased and bullied for it (her friends have 'normal' names). Then, one of her teachers tells Chrysanthemum how much she loves her name and that she wants to name her baby (the teacher is pre...more
Shakeema Gabriel
I can relate to this book. When I was growing up I really didn't like my name. I first heard this book at my kindergarten placement. We were doing a compare and contrast chart between this book and Wemberly. This is a good book to show kids it's okay to be you and love yourself. You should not care what nobody thinks that we all are unique and special.
Mallory
Chrysanthemum is a wonderful book about learning to find happiness within one's unique identity. Filled with colorful illustrations, this book is a delightful tale about a young girl who loves her unusual name until her peers at school begin to make fun of her. Throughout the story, Chrysanthemum's parents encourage her to embrace her identity and be happy with herself, but Chrysanthemum is miserable until a teacher gives her the highest compliment. Not only does she like Chrysanthemum's name, b...more
Karol
Poor Chrysanthemum! As a parent, I can surely relate to the teasing that children can dish out. My son was much like Chysanthemum, confident in himself and excited about going to school. But he had to deal with being teased too - as son many kids are. What I liked about the book was that it showed how much power grown-ups have to deal with this sort of thing. Mrs. Chud ignored it, but dear Mrs. Twinkle lifted Chysanthemum up as a child who should be envied, not made fun of. And soon, the other k...more
Julia Stevens
I remember being teased when I was younger because I have a "boys" middle name. I connect with this book and think it is so sweet. It would be great for the beginning of the school year to model that every ones name is special to them.
Angela Bailey
Title / Author / Publication Date:
Chrysanthemum. / Kevin Henkes. / 1991.

Genre: Fiction.

Format: Picturebook - print.

Plot summary:
"Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it" (NoveList).

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory:
self-esteem, unusual names, bullying

Review citation:
“this sensitive story will strike a chord with young children, particularly those who also have difficult or unfamiliar names” (Joan McGrath in School L...more
Ashley Melton
"Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum..."

Oh me. I remember identifying with Chrsanthemum when I was in 3rd grade. Not becuase I had a funny name (obviously), but because I connected with the need Chrysanthemum experienced of being validated and confirmed. Especially at that time when you are SO insecure of who you are. "Yes, Ashley, you are of great worth." Validation is something every human being needs; something we need to ensure is present in our classrooms.

This book is just the read...more
Dolly
Feb 14, 2009 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Interesting story about a young girl with an unusual, but beautiful name. It was a little long, but our girls enjoyed it. We've read this book a couple of times.

This book was featured as one of the selections for the September 2010: Back-to-School reads at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books group here at Goodreads.
Madison Jones
Chrysanthemum is a young free spirited mouse who loves her name. She loved the way her name sounded. She loved it because it was her grandmothers name. Chrysanthemum was a happy girl when her mom told her she was starting school. Chrysanthemum could not way! Then when she gets to school and the teacher was taking role she called Chrysanthemum’s name and all the kids in the class laughed. They said her name was thirteen letters, half as many letters in the alphabet. She had defended her name by s...more
Kathryn Herbert
Chrysanthemum is a storybook that is written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes. The main character, Chrysanthemum, is a cute little mouse with a very big name. Chrysanthemum is told that her name is absolutely perfect from her loving parents. Because of this, she adores her name and even knows how to spell it. However, this all begins to change on her first day of kindergarten. She becomes introduced to a new world full of short names like Max, Bill, Sue, Joe, and Sam. The worst bully of them all...more
Kassidy Pine

For the majority of people when their child is born they instantaneously believe their son or daughter is perfect in every way shape and form. This is prevalent in picture book Chrysanthemum. From a very young age Chrysanthemum is told that her name is beautiful by her parents, therefore she believes this wholeheartedly. She loves the way it looks on paper, writing her name numerously and the way it sounds when being said. Chrysanthemum goes to school for the first time expecting people to love...more
Molly Thompson
Accompanied by his sweet illustrations, Kevin Henkes’ story is a classic tale about learning to love all that you are. A supportive, wise, and encouraging mother and father raise Chrysanthemum to believe that she is perfect just the way she is. She grew up recognizing her name as unique and beautiful. Like many children, this all changed when she got to school. What she once found unique and lovely, she now sees as horribly dreadful. She finds her place at school encouraged by her eccentric mus...more
Kierstyn Stanley
Chrysanthemum loves her name. She thinks it is the most beautiful name on the earth, that is, until she starts going to school. Everybody in the class starts to pick on her because of her name. This gets Chrysanthemum's spirits down. Her music teacher notices so she is down in the dumps and lets her and the rest of the class know that many people have different and long names. The talk makes Chrysanthemum feel better and so does her family. The music teacher was pregnant and when she had her bab...more
Anna Summers
In the book, Chrysanthemum, the main character loves her name, Chrysanthemum, until she starts school. At school, all of her classmates make fun of it. Chrysanthemum wants to change her name. Then, she discovers that her music teacher’s name is Delphinium and that she wants to name her unborn baby, Chrysanthemum. Now, all of the other students want to change their names to flower names too. Chrysanthemum loves her name again. The author, Kevin Henkes, knows how to choose themes that all children...more
Ashli Stroyan
Chrysanthemum is a wonderfully written book by Kevin Hankes. It is about a mouse whose parents named her Chrysanthemum. Throughout the years before she started school she loved her name, she thought it was perfect, as did her parents. It was when she started school that the other children started making fun of it because it was so long and was a flower, which made her not like it as much. It was so upsetting to me when he classmates would make fun of her name, and that the teacher didn’t do anyt...more
Tracy Poff
This review also appears on my blog.

When Chrysanthemum was born, her parents thought she was perfect, and wanted to give her the perfect name. Chrysanthemum loved her name. She loved everything about her name. Until the first day of school, that is. The others don't love her name--it hardly even fits on her name tag! What will poor Chrysanthemum do?

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Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes is about dealing with bullying when you don't quite fit in.

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Chrysanthemum loved her name.

She loved the way it sounded
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Kevin Henkes became an author/illustrator when he was nineteen years old, working on a card table in his bedroom.
Today he's the author of many award-winning picture books and novels.
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