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Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
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Sep 14, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: borrowed-library, read-in-2010
Read in September, 2010

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 kids wanted to be more like her.

The illustrations were a little too cutesy for me, given the theme of bullying and teasing. But I imagine for children, it might help draw them into the story and make the bullying feel less threatening.
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