written by Kevin Henkes
published by Greenwillow Books, 1991
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Did I enjoy this book: This is a sweet little story that my whole family enjoyed reading! We had a great time following little Chrysanthemum as she struggled with bullies and discovered that being a little different is not just okay but great!
Would I recommend it: In short, yes. It’s hard to go wrong with this one. The story is short, the theme is good and approached at an age-appropriate level, and the illustrations were fun and nicely complimented to story. Go ahead and pick this one up!
About the book – from Goodreads: 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.
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