A heartwarming story that touches on bullying. It is easy for children to relate with its sweet illustrations. The story carries a strong message which will remind children to accept who they truly are. It tells the story of a mice names Chrysanthemum. She 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?
Reviews from Around the World "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 that Chrysanthemum experiences can easily relate to each student. This story has a thin disguise for the heavy-handed moral lesson, but it does not take over the story. This book is recommended for grades K-2. With bullying being such an important issue to address into today’s classrooms, this book is a creative way to introduce the topic to this age group. It would be a great read aloud book because of the entertaining, yet symbolic text, combined with the great illustrations. For younger readers, the illustrations help express Chrysanthemum’s emotions and tell her story. I am somewhat disappointed with the ending of the story. I wish Chrysanthemum would have been the “bigger mouse”. Unfortunately, many times this ending happens in classrooms and helps classify the story into realistic fiction. Kevin Henkes has written a series of Mouse Books that are all perfect for the classroom. If a student enjoys Chrysanthemum a teacher can introduce the student to the entire series."- Mary Jo
"I really liked this book. It was a great way to start a conversation on bullying with one of my kids. It's about a girl with an unusual name who was taunted at school, but learns to love her name. It teaches a great lesson on loving yourself. The illustrations were great too."- mystic_c