Story Time with Sara: Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes



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!

This cute (and short) story is full of vibrant pictures that bring the silly and fanciful Chrysanthemum to life. My boys felt connected to her and were honestly concerned when the other little girls picked on her. This was a fun and safe story to introduce the concept bullying to little (preschool) kids, as well as instilling the fundamental truth that it is okay to be who you are no matter what.

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