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Chrysanthemum
Contributor(s): Henkes, Kevin

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ISBN: 0688147321     ISBN-13: 9780688147327
Publisher: Greenwillow
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 1996
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Annotation: Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect, until her first day of school. When her new friends make flower jokes at her expense, Chrysanthemum wilts. What will it take to make her blossom again? 1991 ALA Notable Book. Full color.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Names, Personal; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Self-esteem & Self-reliance
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Bullying
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: BL 99778133
Lexile Measure: 460
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.75" H x 7.75" W x 0.25" (0.20 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 6109
Reading Level: 3.3   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q02201
Reading Level: 2.4   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 2.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
She was a perfect baby, and she had a perfect name. Chrysanthemum. When she was old enough to appreciate it, Chrysanthemum loved her name. And then she started school. "I'm named after my grandmother," said Victoria. "You're named after a flower." Chrysanthemum wilted. Life at school didn't improve. In fact, it got worse. Then the students were introduced to their music teacher, Mrs. Twinkle. Mrs. Delphinium Twinkle. And suddenly, Chrysanthemum blossomed....

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1991 September)
PreS-Gr 2-- She was a perfect baby, and her doting parents chose a name to match, Chrysanthemum. She is proud of her musical name until kindergarten, when she finds herself in a world of strange new names such as Sue, Bill, Max, Sam, and Joe--in short ( really short) a world of ordinary monikers. That wouldn't be so bad if the others--like Victoria--hadn't made a mean-spirited game of tormenting her, sending her home in tears to be comforted with cuddles and Parcheesi. Wisely, Chrysanthemum's concerned and loving parents try not to interfere, but what can't be put right by them is dealt with by lucky chance. The class learns that their popular music teacher not only has a whopper of a name herself--Delphinium--but also plans to name her expected baby by the prettiest name she has heard, Chrysanthemum. The charming mouse with her delicate little face seems just right for her name. The range of expression and emotion Henkes conveys in his pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are ``absolutely perfect.'' The impressionistic floral backdrops and patterning reinforce the story's lighthearted, yet tender theme. This sensitive story will strike a chord with young children, particularly those who also have difficult or unfamiliar names. --Joan McGrath, Education Centre Library, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Copyright 1991 Cahners Business Information.
 
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