Chrysanthemum Big Book

Chrysanthemum Big Book

by Kevin Henkes

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Overview

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. This big book edition is perfect for sharing at the library or in a classroom.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061119743
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/02/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 783,625
Product dimensions: 14.90(w) x 18.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 570L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Kevin Henkes is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Egg, Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin. www.kevinhenkes.com


Kevin Henkes is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Egg, Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin. www.kevinhenkes.com

Hometown:

Madison, Wisconsin

Date of Birth:

November 27, 1960

Place of Birth:

Racine, Wisconsin

Education:

University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Chrysanthemum Big Book 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
kmsmith13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for the first day of school. It deals with names and it is a great way to teach students that all students' names are different and unique. Even though names are different, students should accept them and not make fun because it hurts students feelings. This would be appropriate for the kindergarten - first grade reading levels.
bspentecost on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chrysanthemum is a very unique name. Chrysanthemum is a little girl who use to love her name until she came to school. The children teased her and thought her name was too long. Mrs. Twinkle is her teacher and loves her name. Chrysanthemum then starts to love her name again and loves the fact that it is different. I thought this book would be perfect for the first day of school. I would only read it to kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade. This would be good for the students and the teacher since some names can be hard to pronounce at first.
hwallen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chrysanthemum is a wonderful story about a little mouse who embarks on her fist day of school. As Chrysanthemum begins to be teased about her name by the other students she wonders if her name she thought that was so perfect is maybe not so perfect. This is a wonderful story for students to read or hear at the beginning of the school year.
MelanieRoss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book that I fell in love with after reading it for the first time last semester. I wanted to share it with the students in my placement class this semester and I found that several of them had already read it but wanted to hear it again. Those who had not read it seemed to really enjoy it as well. It is a book about a young girl (mouse) who absolutely loves her name (Chrysanthemum). However, once she gets to school, all of the other students laugh and make fun of her because of her name being so long and named after a flower. Once the music teacher points out that it is okay to be different by explaining that she has a long name and is named after a flower too, all of the students stopped being mean to Chrysanthemum. I think this would be an excellent book to read at the beginning of the year when students are starting to make new friends and are nervous about everything. I think this book would be good for students to help them understand that it is okay to be different from others. This book could be used for a comprehension lesson by discussing plot order; vocabulary by discussing the various words that may be unfamiliar to students and then having them form new sentences using those words; and fluency by having students partner read, choral read, echo read, discuss expression and punctuation.
medebrielle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chrysanthemum is a book about a little girl mouse, named after a flower. She goes to school for the first time. Before she enters school she thinks her name is the best name in the entire world! She loves her name. Then she meets her classmates. They make fun of her name. Victoria is named after her grandmother. But Chrysanthemum is only named after a flower. The teacher sees the children making fun of Chrysanthemum and decides to name her child after her. Now all the students are jealous of Chrysanthemum and Chrysanthemum loves her name again.
mildred981 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is a tale of a little girl named Chrysanthemum. Since birth she always loved her name, until she starts school. Once she began school she was teased and bullied because of her particular name. Then while in music class; the music teacher whom all the children loved, said she thought Chrysanthemum was a beautiful name and if she had a little girl she would name her Chrysanthemum. Then after that Chrysanthemum began to love her name again.This story should be read aloud in every elementary class, to remind kids its ok to be different. In addition, Chrysanthemum would be a good book to open up a discussion about bullying. A fun activity to do with this book would to have teacher have everyone to create a odd and unusually name for themselves. Also, teachers can have kids come up with ways of making someone who is different feel comfortable and invited.
aflanig1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great book about self-acceptance and the love and support of family
rebecca401 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chrysanthemum has always loved her name...until the first day of school when all the other kids make fun of her name. She is miserable! What will it take for her to realize that her name is really beautiful and she doesn't have to be ashamed?
caitsm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story of a little mouse named Chrystanthemum who deals with teasing about her name in school and how she overcomes the strife and learns to love herself. Henkes does a fantastic job giving entertainment to all audiences with his bright pictures for children and hilarious details for the parents.
Waiter22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chrysanthemum is a wonderful story. I first read it in my Kindergarten class last semester. It is perfect to read at the beginning of the school year. Young children can identify with the main character¿s, Chrysanthemum, worries and insecurities at the beginning of the story. Her name sticks out because it is so much longer than the other children¿s names. Some of the other kids even make fun of her name and point out this difference. I think this book could be a great way to address the fact that we are all different and unique and use it as a way to celebrate our differences. The illustrations compliment this story beautifully. I love how the Kevin Henkes uses block illustrations. The Henkes also uses white space to make a point (I can specifically remember how in the class portrait the author fit all of the students names inside their picture but Chrysanthemum¿s name stuck outside the box and into the white space.) My mentor teacher used this text in a math lesson. All of the kids counted out the letters in Chrysanthemum names and then counted out the letters in their names. This helped students develop their math skills of counting and comparing numbers (which name was larger, or had the greater amount of numbers). This activity also helped students with English and their ability to differentiate between letters and words, which is a pivotal skill when students are beginning Kindergarten.
KFBruck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another beautifully written and illustrated story by Kevin Henkes! This story is all about a little mouse named Chrysanthemum. Because her name is so peculiar she gets made fun of. Eventually she realizes that it doesn¿t matter what other people think because she loves her name and that¿s all that matters.
etwinney on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun, vibrant story about a mouse named Chrysanthemum who learns to love her name. This is a great book for early elementary aged students. It would be easy to create a lesson from this story.
sjordet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chrysanthemum and her parents think she has the most wonderful name - that is until she goes to school. The other kids at school make fun of her long and unusual name. Her classmates laugh at her and tease that they are going to pluck her and smell her (much like a flower). Mrs. Twinkle comforts Chrysanthemum by admitting that she too has a long and unusual name: Delphinium. Chrysanthemum grows to appreciate her name, no matter what other people say.Kevin Henkes' story is nicely told with supporting pictures. Students who have ever been teased or felt self-conscious can easily relate to the mouse's story. "Chrysanthemum" is a great tool for teaching students about the importance of being unique. It also teaches about the effects of bullying.
jsb021 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book to share with older students about the hurtfulness of teasing and bullying. Along with this, it also exhibits the lesson that you should not worry about what others think. Crysanthemum should be shared with all students, for it shares a great lesson.
Elizabeth1977 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book about a little mouse with a very long, unusual name. This book shows the positive difference that 1 teacher can make in a student's life.
ckarmstr1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a little girl with a very special name, Chrysanthemum. When she goes to her first day of school, the kids make fun of her name because it's so long and the name of a flower. This vicious cycle continues until the music teacher defends Chrysanthemum; she admits that her name is long and that she, too, is named after a flower--Delphinium. This book is a great way to make kids feel special about themselves, even if they dislike parts of themselves. This book will make them feel special and unique, and it will also show them how mean kids can be and how to cope with it. Not once does Chrysanthemum lose her temper or fight. Kevin Henkes is brilliant.
mjm232 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely wonderful. It's a story about a sweet little mouse who gets picked on by her fellow classmates because her name is Chrysanthemum. Then name she once loved she becomes ashamed of, until a helpful teacher helps her in the end. This story can be used in the classroom to teach children to be kind and caring to one another, making sure to not hurt each other's feelings. It can also fit into a lesson to teach students about flowers.
Karizev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Chrysanthemum is an absolutely perfect name." Students should love their name and value it. Students can draw pictures of what their name means.
bissettm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A heartwarming story about a young mouse who gets made fun of because of her different name. "Chrysanthemum" is her journey towards acceptance and self-love. Young children will love this book and relate to Chrysanthemum easily. A great read in the first week of school.
nnicolic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a little girl who loves her name her parents gave her until she starts to school and the other children make fun of it. This goes back and forth until her music teacher sticks up for her and then all the other kids wanted a name that has to do with a flower. This book is good for kids to boost their confidence and/or if they have a name other kids don't like.
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