Chrysanthemum by Kevin HenkesChrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes


byKevin HenkesIllustratorKevin Henkes

Paperback | December 30, 2008

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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

Supports the Common Core State Standards

“Henkes’s language and humor are impeccably fresh, his cozy illustrations sensitive and funny, his little asides to adults an unobtrusive delight. . . . Another winner from this perceptive artist.” (Kirkus Reviews (pointered review))
Title:ChrysanthemumFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.13 inPublished:December 30, 2008Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0688147321

ISBN - 13:9780688147327

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Book! This book is such a great book for kids, especially when they may feel a little self doubt about their name. It brings children up and makes them proud of their name.
Date published: 2018-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kevin Henkes Once you start reading Kevin Henkes books, you don’t want to put them down. I loved them as much as my children did. We especially treasured his mouse characters. Chrysanthemum is a perfect example. You have choices about how to deal with teaching your children to love and accept themselves and others, Kevin’s stories and illustrations can be part of those choices to help your children grow strong loving themselves, their name, their individuality and to care and see it and love it in others. We can hope for our children to allow the world of bullying to pass them or we can teach them how to work through bullying and not to bully. Each of Kevin’s characters are a treasure, Lilly, Owen, and Chrysanthemum, whose name makes school to be a tough place and yet we find as we should know, Chrysanthemum is to be loved, and not by smelling her!
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lovely book I have read this book to my class many times. It is a lovely book that kids can relate to.
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Great book to discuss self-acceptance, empathy, and bullying with young readers.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this In elementary school, our teacher would always read this to us
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ideal Book As a teacher and a parent, I highly recommend this book. Henkes expertly portrays a child's journey from pride to self doubt to acceptance. Children can relate to being teased and they rejoice when Chrysanthemum embraces her differences. I love the language in this story! Chrysanthemum wasn't just sad - she "wilted". I appreciate that Chrysanthemum has a wonderful support system to guide her through the difficult moments in childhood.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book I've read this book to my class a number of times over the years! Every year it a hit! They love listening to it as much as I love reading it! Def. a great class read!
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book! Chrysanthemum is a great story that can be appreciated at any age. It teaches us lessons on appreciation and acceptance.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learning to appreciate and accept Love this book! I use this book to teach respect and acceptance in my classrooms. Primary students find it relatable and are able to pull out key life lessons. The problem in the story is very relatable, even for myself and eloquently guides readers into how there is a solution to this particular problem too.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crazy for Chrysanthemum I love this book, and all Kevin Henkes books with all my heart! I am a teacher and use these books to teach my class valuable lessons. The characters are relatable, the situations realistic, and the solutions reasonable and educational. Overall I love the message of this book, and I can relate personally to it, and so can my students.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Chrysanthemum (Mouse Books) by Kevin Henkes Chrysanthemum” is a cute tale from Kevin Henkes about how a young girl mouse named Chrysanthemum tries to appreciate her long and unusual name when she goes to school and is teased by her classmates. “Chrysanthemum” is a truly heartwarming story that children will easily enjoy for many years.Kevin Henkes has done an excellent job at both writing and illustrating this book. Kevin Henkes’ story about how Chrysanthemum starts to loathe her name because some kids teased her about her name is easily relatable to children who have also been teased about their names. Also, the story does a great job at describing how much Chrysanthemum loves her name and even though she was teased about her name, she learns to accept her name and many children will learn that they should not let other kids tease them about their names and that they should accept who they are no matter what. Kevin Henkes’ illustrations are cute as all the characters are mice that perform human activities such as dancing around on their hind legs
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chrysanthemum I remember really enjoying this book as a kid. A great moral in an adorable tale.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from comforting and challenging This book inspired my daughter to wear a daisy costume for Halloween (thankfully avoiding the ubiquitous princess costume for another year!) and so was worth it for this alone. Though I was cautious at first, I now really appreciate that Henkes books, including Chrysanthemum, deal with the reality that not all kids are nice (or at least, not all the time!) I think its comforting for little ones to see reflected in a book that is read at home, where it is safe, the behaviour they see in thier schools and playgrounds. The gentle teasing in this book is the kind of thing that particularly upsets my rather sensitive and independent girl, and I appreciated this book's handling of it (feeling good about yourself, that grown-ups can help). It isn't painfully didactic or moralistic, as some kids books are, and further entertains through lively prose and engaging pictures. A must have for any children's library.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from chrysanthemum my daughter first had this story read to her at three and it's still a favourite at almost-five. it's funny and not afraid to use big words and a big message. it teaches kids that it's all right to be different. what i love most though is the language. kevin henkes uses just the right word, even if it's not usually in a toddler's vocabulary. my daughter has learned so many words from this story, which she uses every day. overall, just a delightful book. i've given copies to four other girls, who also loved it.
Date published: 2005-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What's in a Chrysanthemum? A lot! This little book teaches you to embrace your differences and uniqueness. Given the number of out there children's names these days this book's plot can be read at face value, or it can be generally applied to self-esteem building and the acceptance of others. Chrysanthemum is a sweet little mouse in a sweet little book.
Date published: 2002-10-10

From Our Editors

Hand picked by our Panel of Experts the IndigoKids Recommends program offers book suggestions designed to help you find the perfect book easily and confidently. What’s in a name? A great deal if your name is ‘Chrysanthemum’! The little girl in this Kevin Henkes’ story must endure the ridicule of her school chums as they joke and giggle about her name. Chrysanthemum is quite confused about the teasing, but she’s no wallflower -- she’ll find a way to get through this little predicament. Chrysanthemum is an ideal story for kids heading off to school for the first time.

Editorial Reviews

“Henkes’s language and humor are impeccably fresh, his cozy illustrations sensitive and funny, his little asides to adults an unobtrusive delight. . . . Another winner from this perceptive artist.” (Kirkus Reviews (pointered review))