- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 460L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Mulberry Books; unknown edition (December 30, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0688147321
- ISBN-13: 978-0688147327
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.8 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
Editorial Reviews Review Until Chrysanthemum started kindergarten, she believed her parents when theysaid her name was perfect. But on the first day of school, Chrysanthemumbegins to suspect that her name is far less than perfect, especially when herclass dissolves into giggles upon hearing her name read aloud. That evening,Chrysanthemum's parents try to piece her self-esteem back together again withcomfort food and a night filled "with hugs, kisses, and Parcheesi." But thenext day Victoria, a particularly observant and mean-spirited classmate,announces that Chrysanthemum's name takes up 13 letters. "That's half theletters in the alphabet!" she adds. Chrysanthemum wilts. Pretty soon the girlsare making playground threats to "pluck" Chrysanthemum and "smell her." Kevin Henkes has great compassion for the victims of childhood teasing andcruelties--using fresh language, endearing pen-and-ink mouse characters, andrealistic dialogue to portray real-life vulnerability. He also has greatcompassion for parents, offering several adult-humor jokes for anxious mommiesand daddies. On the surface, the finale is overly tidy and the coincidencesunbelievable. But in the end, what sustains Chrysanthemum, as well as thisstory, is the steadfast love and support of her family. And because of this,the closure is ultimately convincing and utterly comforting. ALA Notable Book,_School Library Journal_ Best Book of the Year, _Horn Book_ Fanfare HonorList. (Ages 4 to 8) _--Gail Hudson_ _--This text refers to an out of print orunavailable edition of this title._ From School Library Journal PreSchool-Grade 2-- She was a perfect baby, and her doting parents chose aname to match, Chrysanthemum. She is proud of her musical name untilkindergarten, when she finds herself in a world of strange new names such asSue, Bill, Max, Sam, and Joe--in short ( really short) a world of ordinarymonikers. That wouldn't be so bad if the others--like Victoria--hadn't made amean-spirited game of tormenting her, sending her home in tears to becomforted with cuddles and Parcheesi. Wisely, Chrysanthemum's concerned andloving parents try not to interfere, but what can't be put right by them isdealt with by lucky chance. The class learns that their popular music teachernot only has a whopper of a name herself--Delphinium--but also plans to nameher expected baby by the prettiest name she has heard, Chrysanthemum. Thecharming 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 andwatercolor illustrations are "absolutely perfect." The impressionistic floralbackdrops and patterning reinforce the story's lighthearted, yet tender theme.This sensitive story will strike a chord with young children, particularlythose who also have difficult or unfamiliar names. --Joan McGrath, EducationCentre Library, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. _--This text refers to an outof print or unavailable edition of this title._ See all Editorial Reviews
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