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Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
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Dec 01, 2007

it was amazing
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Read in January, 1998

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 mistake and Chrysanthemum giggling about it. It's reasonable for Chrysanthemum to feel some satisfaction at her enemy's downfall (and I would feel the same way), but I find myself wishing that Chrysanthemum had been the bigger mouse and not enjoyed Victoria's flub so much. It ends the story on a slightly sour note that keeps the book from being absolutely perfect.
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